Advocacy and Public Policy Sessions

What are some of the new education initiatives coming out of Washington, DC? What is happening with U.S. legislation affecting K-12, adult education, and immigration reform?

To answer these and other questions, TESOL International Association has arranged for speakers from the U.S. Departments of Education, State, Homeland Security, Justice, and U.S. Citizenship and Naturalization and other organizations to present information on education laws, policies, and initiatives that affect English language teaching and learning.

Unless otherwise noted, all sessions will be in the Hilton Baltimore, Holiday 2.

Wednesday, 6 April

When Scammers Target Your Students: Tips and Tools for Teachers
Featuring representatives from the US Federal Trade Commission
9:30–10:15 am

Hot Topics and Updates from the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP)
Featuring representatives from the Student and Exchange Visitor Program, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
11:30–12:15 pm

Preparing English Learners for College and Career Success
Featuring Libia Gil, Assistant Deputy Secretary and Director, Office of English Language Acquisition, U.S. Department of Education
1:00–1:45 pm
Hilton Baltimore, Holiday 6

Hot Topics for Intensive English Programs
Featuring speakers from the English USA and the Consortium of University and College Intensive English Programs (UCIEP)
1:00–2:45 pm

The US Department of Education: Supporting English Language Learning 
Representatives from the Office of Early Learning, Office of English Language Acquisition, and the Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education
3:00–4:30 pm

Immigration 101
Featuring speakers from the American Immigration Council
5:00 – 5:45 pm

Thursday, 7 April

U.S. Federal Education and Language Policy Update
An overview of the legislative proposals and federal initiatives TESOL International Association is monitoring
10 am–11:45 am

National and State Initiatives in Adult ESL
Featuring representatives from the Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education, U.S. Department of Education
2:00–3:45 pm

Friday, 8 April

Crossing Borders with Digital Storytelling
Featuring speakers from the American Immigration Council
10:30–11:15 am

Special Public Policy Session: English Language Learners, Immigrant Students, and U.S. Law
Featuring representatives from the Office of Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Department of Justice, and the Migrant Legal Action Program
1:00–4:45 pm

U.S. Citizenship and Naturalization

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

Unless otherwise noted, all sessions will be in the Hilton Baltimore, Holiday 2.

Thursday, 7 April

Becoming a U.S. Citizen: The Naturalization Process
1:00–2:30 pm

Improving Listening Skills for the Naturalization Process
3:00 pm– 4:30 pm

Friday, 8 April

The U.S. Naturalization Test: Teaching Objectives
9:30 am–10:30 am

An Overview of the Guide on Adult Citizenship Education Content Standards and Foundation Skills
11:30–12:30 pm