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Advocacy Resources

TESOL International Association aims to deepen respect for the TESOL profession, its practitioners, and the profession's student constituency. TESOL's advocacy program addresses issues that affect the profession worldwide and offers English language educators the opportunity to get involved.

TESOL Advocacy Workshop: Skills for the ELT Professional (October)

  • Date: 27 October 2017
  • Location: Alexandria, Virginia, United States
  • Address: 1925 Ballenger Avenue, Suite 550
  • Contact: David Cutler
  • Email:
  • Phone: 1-703-518-2536


John Segota & David Cutler


Friday, ​27 ​October 2017
9:30 am–​4:00 pm ET


TESOL International Association
1925 Ballenger Avenue
Suite 550
Alexandria, VA 22314

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Who Should Attend?

K-12 and adult English language ​teachers, administrators, teacher trainers, and any education professionals interested in ​enhancing their capacity to advocate on behalf of English learners and TESOL ​educators. Activities ​during this training will explore and examine advanced advocacy tips, tools, and exercises to​ help improve the influence and success of individual and group advocacy efforts. 

More About This Event

Are you passionate and interested about advocating for English learners and English language educators? Have you attended the TESOL Advocacy and Policy Summit or other events wanting to take the next step in your advocacy efforts? This new and exclusive advocacy ​workshop will provide you with the necessary tools to take your advocacy efforts to the next level! For one full-day, learn about the different types of advocacy strategies, examine your own current advocacy efforts, and explore opportunities for growth, all in a small, intimate group of other enthusiastic TESOL advocates. 

Immediately after this informative ​workshop, you will return to your school, program, or affiliate, ready to implement what you have learned and strengthen your advocacy strategies and efforts!

What Will I Learn?

Participants will acquire a deeper understanding of
  • the different types of advocacy efforts and campaigns
  • their current capacity to advocate for English learners
  • leveraging social media to impact advocacy campaigns
  • the role of various stakeholders when creating advocacy plans
  • communicating with local, state and federal officials about issues critical to English learners and the TESOL profession. 

What is Included?

  • Workshop materials (worksheets, templates, etc.)
  • Morning coffee
  • Lunch will be provided 
  • Wifi ​will be available for those bringing a tablet or laptop (encouraged, but not required)

About the Presenters

John Segota ​is the Associate Executive Director for Public Policy and Professional Relations at TESOL International Association. John's responsibilities at TESOL include government relations, policy analysis, media relations, and communications. John works closely with TESOL's senior leadership on policy management, strategic planning, and public relations. John has presented both nationally and internationally on public policy as it relates to English language education, and has written extensively on issues of education policy. John has a BA in Political Science from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA, a Master’s of Professional Studies in Public Leadership from The George Washington University in Washington, DC, and has earned the Certified Association Executive designation from the American Society of Association Executives.

David Cutler is the Policy and Communications Specialist at TESOL International Association. David's functions at TESOL include drafting relevant policy statements, regulatory comments, and press releases, coordinating communications efforts across TESOL's departments, tracking policy issues affecting English learners and teachers across the United States and internationally, and planning and implementing TESOL's annual Advocacy & Policy Summit held each June in Washington, DC. David ​holds a BA in Social Studies Education from Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York, and a Master of Public Administration in Social Policy from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. 

TESOL Advocacy & Policy Summit

Once a year, English language educators from across the United States meet to learn about the inner workings of Congress, receive hands-on training on the fundamentals of advocacy, gain knowledge about the current political climate and trends as they relate to TESOL's priorities, and meet with members of Congress to share their thoughts.

TESOL Advocacy Action Center

The action center is a free resource for all advocates, TESOL members and non-members alike, to find and contact their members of the United States Congress and state legislatures. Advocates can respond to action alerts from TESOL to contact their members of Congress, find legislation, and sign-up for action alerts from TESOL.  

Voter Registration Tool

United States citizens eligible to vote in elections are encouraged to register to vote in their state of residence. To register to vote, visit this page and follow the prompts.

Community and Family Resources for English Language Professionals

Working with the families of English learners and building strong communities is one of the biggest challenges that many English language professionals face. Recognizing this, TESOL International Association developed the Community and Family Toolkit, a resource for English language professionals to use at all levels in order to connect with families and build strong communities. 

ESSA Resources

Anticipating the implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the chief statute that funds primary and secondary education in the United States, TESOL Press has released a free resource kit to help TESOL professionals navigate the new law as it relates to English language learning and teaching.

Resources on Immigration and Refugee Concerns

The Trump administration has recently instituted changes in U.S. immigration and refugee policies that have an immediate impact on English language learners and educators. To help teachers and learners understand and respond to this evolving situation, TESOL has provided a list of statements, letters, and resources. This list will be updated regularly, so please share it widely and check back often. 

WIOA Resources

As the largest piece of federal legislation to address adult education and workforce training, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) provides a significant amount of funding to adult English language learner programs across the country. TESOL Press has released a free resource kit to help adult educators better understand the law and its impact on Adult English learners. The page has other resources as well.

2020 U.S. Census Resources

TESOL has partnered with the United States Census Bureau and National Coalition for Literacy to provide free resources for TESOL educators to use in their communities and classrooms. The decennial census in the United States determines funding amounts for federal grants and programs, so conducting a complete and accurate census will ensure English language learning programs receive proper federal funding. 

TESOL Letters and Alerts

TESOL International Association is frequently required to take positions on key issues in English language education and make comments on important government policies and legislation. TESOL’s letters and alerts address the issues that affect the profession.

TESOL Position Statements

To help improve public policy and understanding, TESOL takes official positions on a broad range of issues related to the field of English language teaching and learning. These positions are approved by the TESOL Board of Directors.

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