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2022 Advocacy and Policy Summit

Virtual Schedule

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Hill Training Webinar Recording

Tuesday, 21 June

Welcome & Greetings 
Amber Crowell Kelleher, MBA, CAE, Executive Director, TESOL International Association
8:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. 

TESOL 2022 Federal Policy Update 
Jeff Hutcheson, Director of Advocacy and Public Policy, TESOL International Association
8:45 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.  

Supreet picEnhancing Advocacy With Data
Dr. Supreet Anand, Deputy Director for OELA, U.S. Department of Education
10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. 

The pandemic impacted learning for all students and widened opportunity and achievement gaps for underserved students. Dr. Supreet Anand, acting deputy secretary and director of OELA, will discuss the role of data to inform advocacy using an overview of national data describing the pandemic’s impact on students, families, and school communities.

Domminick HeadshotFederal Update: English Learners in Adult Education 
Domminick McParland, OCTAE, U.S. Department of Education 
10:55 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. 

This session from the U.S. Department of Education shall provide an update on federal adult education initiatives. Topics include enrollment, performance, appropriations, available resources, and technical assistance opportunities. Attendees will gain an understanding of federal efforts and national activities developed to support English learners in adult education, including the new Enhancing Access for Refugees and New Americans project. 

Julie Sugarman HeadshotOld Paradigms and New: EL Protections and Assets-Based Advocacy 
Julie Sugarman, Senior Policy Analyst for PreK-12 Education, Migration Policy Institute’s National Center on Immigrant Integration Policy
10:55 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. 

English learners and immigrant students benefit from civil rights and other federal protections that ensure educational access. But as we move to assets-based frames and new societal challenges, how do we merge a new policy paradigm with the old, help schools go beyond compliance, and balance flexibility with accountability? 

Lunch With Greetings From Colorín Colorado 
Lydia Breiseth, Director of Colorín Colorado
11:55 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. 

Roger Rosenthal The Rights of Immigrant Students and English Learners in Schools
Attorney Roger C. Rosenthal, Executive Director, Migrant Legal Action Program (MLAP)
12:45 p.m. –  2:00 p.m. 

Immigrant students and English learners (ELs) often face barriers in gaining entry to public schools and participating in school activities.  This session will discuss what public schools can and cannot require of immigrant students and ELs, as well as school district obligations to ELs and their parents. 


Caroline TreschittaWhat English Language Teachers Need to Know About Federal Workforce Bills  
Caroline Treschitta, Policy Analyst, National Skills Coalition
2:10 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. 

Caroline Treschitta (she/they) will share an overview on the most relevant federal adult/higher education and workforce development policies affecting adult English learners. Beginners and well-seasoned education advocates alike will learn about what's moving in Congress, and what bills are likely to gain traction in the coming months. You'll receive updates on the state of play of relevant bills like the reauthorization of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, implementation of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (including the exciting new Digital Equity Act and its implications for English learners), and the pending economic competitiveness bill.  Find out what NSC sees on the horizon for the next Congress, our upcoming priorities, and how we're going to get them passed -- with the help of leaders like you! Get prepared for your upcoming conversations with Congress with easy, relevant advocacy ideas and stay engaged with the federal education and workforce conversation.

Advocacy Panel and Legislative Update
4:10 p.m. – 4:50 p.m. 

jbernstein+bio+picJon Bernstein, Director of Government Relations, JNCL-NCLIS
Jon Bernstein joins our advocacy panel to provide a legislative update from JNCL-NCLIS. He has served as JNCL-NCLIS's director of government relations since 2021, representing the association on federal and state language education policy issues, which include funding and authorizing legislation. 





Linville Faculty 2019Heather A. Linville, Ph.D., is a professor and TESOL director at the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse. Her current research explores how digital storytelling can support and encourage translanguaging in English language teaching. Dr. Linville has several publications, including Advocacy in English Language Teaching and Learning (Routledge, 2019; co-edited with James Whiting). 



Susan Rutledge
Susan Morris-Rutledge is an associate professor and ESL program coordinator at California University of Pennsylvania/ PennWest.  She is a unwavering, passionate advocate for MLL pedagogy and practices in teacher educator preparation programs. 





Q & A for Hill Day

5:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. 

Wednesday, 22 June

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