Rhode Island Teachers of English Language Learners 

logo-banner-ritell-3With more than 200 members,Rhode Island Teachers of English Language Learners (RITELL) is a nonprofit organization for ESOL and bilingual education professionals in Rhode Island, where nearly one in five residents speaks a language other than English. An affiliate of TESOL International Association since March 2010, the purpose of RITELL is to determine the advocacy and professional development needs of ESOL and bilingual education professionals in programs serving English language learners in Rhode Island.

RITELL is governed by a coordinating council of volunteers from around the state who organize regular miniconferences and workshop sessions, maintaini contact information for all participants, and publish a website and newsletter to inform members of upcoming events, opportunities, and resources. The association annual miniconferences in spring and fall for professionals teaching K-12 and adult students. RITELL is committed to supporting professionals in the field and raising awareness of the diverse populations that are shaping the culture and future of the Ocean State.

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Author, librarian and educator D.H. Figueredo and RITELL member educators hold up copies of Figueredo’s picture book, When The World Was New, during the Fall 2014 RITELL conference at Rhode Island College. Figueredo gave the keynote address and also presented a breakout session to adult educators during the conference, titled “Engaged Readers: Promoting Language & Literacy with Culturally-Responsive Texts.”