Get Involved!

What are some of the most current education policies in the United States and Canada? How are they shaping the current status of English language education? In what ways can you engage in the discussion? To answers these and other questions, TESOL International Association invites you to attend the public policy and advocacy sessions listed below.

These sessions feature speakers from U.S. and Canadian federal agencies as well as expert consultants who will present on education laws, policies, and initiatives impacting English language teaching and learning.

US Policy Sessions

Thursday, 26 March

Federal Monitoring Findings Related to US English Learners

Featuring: Representatives from the National Council of State Title III Directors
9:30 am–10:15 am, Room 206C

Hot Topics in Enrollment, Visas, SEVP, and Advocacy for IEPs

Featuring: Speakers from the American Association of Intensive English Programs (AAIEP) and the Consortium of University and College Intensive English Programs (UCIEP)
1 pm–2:45 pm, Room 206C

Hot Topics and Updates from the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP)

Featuring: Representatives from the Student and Exchange Visitor Program, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
3 pm–3:45 pm, Room 206C

Friday, 27 March

U.S. Federal Education and Language Policy Update

An overview of the legislative proposals and federal initiatives TESOL International Association is monitoring
10 am–11:45 am, Room 206C

Special Public Policy Session: English Language Learners, Immigrant Students, and U.S. Law

Featuring: Representatives from the Office of Civil Rights at the US Department of Education, the US Department of Justice, and the Migrant Legal Action Program
1 pm–4:45 pm, Room 206C

Saturday, March 28

When Scammers Target Your Students: Tips and Tools for Teachers

Featuring: Representatives from the US Federal Trade Commission
9 am–10:15 am, Room 206C

Canadian Policy Sessions

Thursday, 26 March

Update from Ontario Ministry of Citizenship, Immigration and International Trade

Featuring: Representatives from the Ontario Ministry of Citizenship, Immigration, and International Trade
9:30 am–10:15 am, Room 206D

Towards a Pan-Canadian Language Strategy

Featuring: Representatives from Citizenship and Immigration Canada
10:30 am–11:15 am, Room 206D

Friday, 27 March

An Introduction to the Canadian Language Benchmarks

Featuring: Representatives from the Centre for Canadian Language Benchmarks
9:30 am–10:15 am, Room 206D

Building an Adult Education System that better serves the complex needs of Adult Immigrants

Featuring: Representatives from the Ontario Ministry of Education
10:30 am–11:15 am, Room 206D