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Advocate Today for the English Learners of Tomorrow

TESOL Advocacy & Policy Summit

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20 - 21 June 2023
Washington, D.C.
Melrose Georgetown Hotel

Why Attend TESOL's 2023 Advocacy Summit?

  1. Hear updates from the U.S. Department of Education.
  2. Learn from other professionals and organizations on advocacy.
  3. Raise your voice for multilingual learners of English and the profession.
  4. Meet with your members of the U.S. Congress.
  5. Gain the resources and tools to keep advocacy alive throughout the year!

Hotel and Venue Information

Join us at this year's summit, held at the historic luxury boutique hotel, the Melrose Georgetown. The Melrose is conveniently located near Washington Circle, with easy access to the Foggy Bottom Metro Station.

Attendees enjoy the summit rate of $239* per night from 19-23 of June, while within walking distance of countless attractions, national landmarks, and museums.

Reservations for this hotel are now closed but please feel free to search for area hotels near the Melrose.

*plus applicable taxes and fees


Registration is closed for this event.


(ends 31 May)








Affiliate Representatives and Groups: Contact us for special rates.



Kia Johnson, Keynote Speaker

Kia Johnson has spent 15 years supporting multilingual learners, families, and educators across the United States. She is currently the director of PreK-12 Language and Literacy at the Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL), overseeing professional development services nationwide and internationally. Prior to joining CAL, Kia served as the English Learner Assessment and Title III specialist for the Virginia Department of Education. She is well-versed in language instruction and educational policy and administration, with experience providing services in the areas of research, policy, practice, and innovation in integrating language and student identity and culture into education.

Featured Speakers



Montserrat Garibay, U.S. Department of Education

Raising the Bar for Multilingualism

Margie McHugh, Migration Policy Institute

Advancing Equitable Access to Adult Education Programs for Immigrant Learners, Workers, and Parents

Domminick McParland, U.S. Department of Education

U.S. Federal Update on English Learners in Adult Education

Attorney Roger C. Rosenthal, Migrant Legal Action Program (MLAP)

The Rights of Immigrant Students and English Learners in Schools

Xilonin Cruz-Gonzalez, Californians Together, and Julie Sugarman, Migration Policy Institute

Policy and Advocacy for Immigrant Newcomer Students

Staffers from the offices of Representative Fitzpatrick (R-Pa), Representative Williams (D-GA), and Representative Espailliat (D-NY)



Schedule At a Glance

26 May 2023
- Hill Training Webinar (will be recorded)

19 June 2023 - Arrival and Informal Evening Reception

20 June 2023 - Full Day with Invited Speakers (includes breakfast, lunch, and evening Keynote Reception)

21 June 2023 - Meet with Representatives on the Hill (optional dinner not included with registration)

This was my first time and I wasn't sure what to expect. I learned a great deal about policy, laws, and budgeting. It was an extremely worthwhile trip for me. I enjoyed networking with other teachers who shared the same passion as I do.

Martha Alice Gertel, 2022 Advocacy & Policy Summit Participant

Federal Legislation Impacting ELT and MLEs

Learn more about the U.S. federal issues that impact the English language teaching profession and the multilingual learners of English of all ages and backgrounds whom we serve.

While TESOL will have calls to action throughout the year for you to contact your members of Congress, the summit provides you an in-depth discussion on the issues, an opportunity to bring the issues to the Hill, and resources for carrying out advocacy not just at the summit but all year!

Thank You to Our Summit Sponsor


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