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Advocate for Your Students and Your Profession

What are some of the new education initiatives coming out of Washington, DC? What is happening with legislation affecting K–12, adult education, and immigration reform?

To answer these and other questions, TESOL International Association has invited speakers from the U.S. Department of Education, Migrant Legal Action Program, and U.S. Department of Homeland Security and other experts to present information on education laws, policies, and initiatives affecting English language teaching and learning.

All sessions are noted as taking place in either Grand Ballroom A or B in the Omni Hotel

U.S. Advocacy and Policy

Wednesday, ​13 March

11:00 am–11:45 am
Federal Update: ELLs in Adult Education
Featuring speakers from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education
Omni, Grand Ballroom A

1:00 pm–​2:30 pm
U.S. Federal Education and Language Policy Update
Featuring speakers from TESOL International Association
Omni, Grand Ballroom A

1:00 pm–1:45 ​pm
State WIOA Adult ESOL Initiatives
Featuring a panel of speakers from several state adult education organizations
Omni, Grand Ballroom B

4:00 pm–4:45 pm
When Scammers Target Your Students: Tips and Tools for Teachers
Featuring speakers from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission
Omni, Juniper Room

Thursday, 14 March

9:30 am–10:​15 am
Hot Topics and Policy Updates from SEVP
Featuring speakers from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Student Exchange and Visitor Program
Omni, Grand Ballroom A

10:30 am–11:15 am
Supporting the Academic Success of English Learners 
Featuring speakers from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of English Language Acquisition
Omni, Grand Ballroom A

11:30 ​am–​12:​15 pm
Hot Topics in Enrollments and Advocacy for English Language Learners
Featuring speakers from EnglishUSA
​Omni, Grand Ballroom A

2:00 ​pm–5:00 pm
Special Public Policy Session: ELLs, Immigrant Students, and U.S. Law

Featuring the Migrant Legal Action Program
Omni, Grand Ballroom A

Georgia Advocacy and Policy

Wednesday, 13 March

1​1:00 am–11:45 am
​Georgia's Systems of Continuous Improvement: Coordinating Federal Programs to Support the Whole Child
Featuring speakers from the Georgia Department of Education
Omni, Grand Ballroom B

Thursday, 14 March

9:30 am–​10:15 am
Ensuring Academic Success for English Learners Through Collaborative District Efforts
Featuring speakers from Fulton County Schools
Omni, Grand Ballroom B

U.S. Citizenship and ​Naturalization

The Office of Citizenship at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security is ​holding a series of special sessions and workshops with information and resources on the naturalization process in the United States.

Thursday, ​14 March

1:00 pm–1:45 pm
Naturalization 101: Overview of the Naturalization Process
Omni, Grand Ballroom A

Friday, ​15 March

11:30 am–​12:15 ​pm
The U.S. Naturalization Test: Teaching Objectives
Omni, Grand Ballroom A

1:​00 pm–1:45 pm
Building a High Quality Adult Citizenship Education Program
Omni, Grand Ballroom A