2017 TESOL Advocacy and Policy Summit

TESOL Advocacy & Policy Summit

18–20 June 2017
Hilton Alexandria Old Town
Alexandria, Virginia

  Registration for the 2017 TESOL Advocacy & Policy Summit is now full!   
Add your name to the waiting list to be contacted if a space becomes available 

The only event of its kind in the United States, the TESOL Advocacy & Policy Summit is an unparalleled professional development opportunity for educators to learn about U.S. federal education issues and advocate for policies that support English learners and the field of English language education.

By attending the TESOL Advocacy & Policy Summit, you will

  • learn from experts and insiders about the latest federal education policy
  • enhance your leadership skills with hands-on advocacy training
  • share a powerful message with your members of Congress
  • join your colleagues from across the United States to make a difference
Confirmed speakers include

Registration Information

Registration for the 2017 TESOL Advocacy & Policy Summit ​is extremely limited. Participants are urged to register as quickly as possible. Register early and save! (All fees are in US dollars.)

All TESOL affiliates in good standing ​are eligible for one complimentary registration for the Advocacy & Policy Summit. If your affiliate hasn’t identified a delegate for this year, contact your local affiliate to see if they will support your attendance. Affiliates should contact affiliates@tesol.org with the name of their delegate to register.

Deadline 14 April 19 May 11 June
TESOL Member $125 $150 $175
Nonmember $150 $175 $200

Join the Waiting List

Registration ​fees include all materials, Metro fare to Capitol Hill, lunch on ​1​8 and 19 June, and the closing dinner on ​20 June. Additional guest tickets for the closing dinner may be purchased for US$25.

Registration also includes a free copy of Advocating for English Learners: A Guide for Educators, written by Diane Staehr Fenner and co-published by TESOL Press and Corwin Press. Copies will be provided to registrants on-site. Thank you to Corwin Press, for providing the complimentary copies.

NOTE: Registration must be in advance. On-site registration is not available. 

are not issued on-site. All refund requests must be received in writing by 5 June
2017. A 25% processing fee will be deducted from your refund.

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Hotel and Travel Information

You are responsible for arranging your own airfare and hotel accommodations. This information is provided to help you.

Resources for Attendees

Please review these important documents to help you prepare for the summit.

Preliminary Schedule

Sunday, 18 June 2017

9:30–10:30 am Registration Check-In
10:30–11:00 am Welcome and Introductions
11:00 am–12:30 pm Legislative Update
12:30–1:30 pm Lunch & Networking
1:30–2:00 pm
​2:00–4:00 pm Breakout Sessions
4:00–5:30 pm Introduction to Advocacy

Monday, 19 June 2017

8:00–10:00 am
Morning Keynotes
10:15 am–12:15 pm Breakout Sessions
12:30–2:00 pm
Lunch & Keynote
2:15–5:30 pm
Advocacy Training and Preparation
for Capitol Hill Visits

Tuesday, ​20 June 2017: TESOL Advocacy Day

9:00 am–4:00 pm Capitol Hill Visits
5:30–7:00 pm Closing Dinner and Debrief


Please refer to the FAQ. If you still have questions, please contact TESOL Advocacy & Public Policy.

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Thank You to TESOL's Partners

American Federation of Teachers, TESOL’s Strategic Partner