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Highlights from the 201​8 TESOL Advocacy & Policy Summit

Nearly 100 TESOL professionals descended on Washington, DC, 18–20 June 201​8, for the 1​2th annual TESOL Advocacy & Policy Summit. Over the course of the three-day summit, participants were briefed on education policies and legislative initiatives that impact English learners and English language teachers. Various policy-oriented breakout sessions were facilitated by the U.S. Department of Education, Student Exchange and Visitor Program, American Federation of Teachers, National Skills Coalition, and Migrant Legal Action Program.

On the final day, summit ​participants visited the offices of more than 1​50 representatives in both the House and Senate. Before heading to ​Capitol Hill, however, ​participants received advocacy training, talking points, and policy briefs about key issues affecting the TESOL field. Additionally, participants spent time over the course of the first two days strategizing with other TESOL professionals in order to strengthen the messages they brought with them to their meetings on the Hill.

Be sure to join your colleagues next year for this excellent opportunity to sharpen your policy knowledge and become a stronger advocate for English learners and the TESOL profession.
The 201​9 TESOL Advocacy & Policy Summit ​will be held from 17-19 June. More information will be posted in January 2019.  
Read the full recap of the 2018 TESOL Advocacy& Policy Summit from TESOL Connections here

Participant Experiences & Testimonials