The Unapologetic Advocate in Atlanta

How time flies! It’s almost time for the 2019 TESOL Convention in Atlanta, Georgia! My fourth convention, I’m excited to once again present attendees with an update on U.S. federal policies impacting English learners and teachers on 13 March from 1 pm–2:30 pm. In addition to my annual policy update, I’m excited to share with you a great lineup of policy-oriented sessions at this year’s convention. From state and local education organizations in Georgia to representatives from the U.S. Department of Education, this year’s convention offers a great variety of invited public policy and advocacy speakers. Please see the full list of our invited speaker sessions below. I’m looking forward to seeing and meeting so many fellow unapologetic advocates in Atlanta!

U.S. Advocacy and Policy

Wednesday, ​13 March

Federal Update: ELLs in Adult Education
Featuring speakers from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education
11 am–11:45 am; Omni, Grand Ballroom A

Enhancing Advocacy in the Age of Social Media
Featuring speakers from TESOL International Association
12 pm–1​2:45 pm; Omni, Grand Ballroom A

U.S. Federal Education and Language Policy Update
Featuring speakers from TESOL International Association
1 pm–​2:30 pm; Omni, Grand Ballroom A

State WIOA Adult ESOL Initiatives
Featuring a panel of speakers from several state adult education organizations
1 pm–1:45 ​pm; Omni, Grand Ballroom B

When Scammers Target Your Students: Tips and Tools for Teachers
Featuring speakers from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission
4 pm–4:45 pm; Omni, Juniper Room

Thursday, 14 March

Hot Topics and Policy Updates From SEVP
Featuring speakers from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Student Exchange and Visitor Program
9:30 am–10:​15 am; Omni, Grand Ballroom A

Supporting the Academic Success of ELs 
Featuring speakers from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of English Language Acquisition
10:30 am–11:15 am; Omni, Grand Ballroom A

Hot Topics in Enrollments and Advocacy for ELLs
Featuring speakers from EnglishUSA
11:30 ​am–​12:​15 pm; ​Omni, Grand Ballroom A

Special Public Policy Session: ELLs, Immigrant Students, and U.S. Law
Featuring the Migrant Legal Action Program
2 ​pm–5 pm; Omni, Grand Ballroom A

Georgia Advocacy and Policy

Wednesday, 13 March

Georgia’s Systems of Continuous Improvement: Coordinating Programs to Support the Whole Child
Featuring speakers from the Georgia Department of Education
1​1 am–11:45 am; Omni, Grand Ballroom B

Thursday, 14 March

Ensuring Academic Success for ELs Through Collaborative District Efforts
Featuring speakers from Fulton County Schools
9:30 am–​10:15 am; Omni, Grand Ballroom B

U.S. Citizenship and ​Naturalization

The Office of Citizenship at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security is ​holding a series of special sessions and workshops with information and resources on the naturalization process in the United States.

Thursday, ​14 March

Naturalization 101: Overview of the Naturalization Process
1 pm–1:45 pm; Omni, Grand Ballroom A

Friday, ​15 March

The U.S. Naturalization Test: Teaching Objectives
11:30 am–​12:15 ​pm; Omni, Grand Ballroom A

Building a High-Quality Adult Citizenship Education Program
1 pm–1:45 pm; Omni, Grand Ballroom A

About David Cutler

David Cutler
David Cutler is the policy and communications manager at TESOL International Association. He received his bachelor’s in social studies education from Ithaca College and his master’s degree in public administration from Cornell University. His work at TESOL includes monitoring and responding to policies that impact English language teachers and learners, organizing the annual TESOL Advocacy & Policy Summit, and managing the association’s communications initiatives. David’s previous work experiences have included the District of Columbia Public Schools, American Federation of Teachers, and New York State Assembly. Be sure to follow David on Twitter @TESOLpolicyguy.
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