Public Policy & Advocacy Sessions
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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, U.S. Census Bureau, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and other experts to present information on education laws, policies, and initiatives affecting English language teaching and learning.

In addition to federal and state policy sessions, TESOL has organized a series of sessions from the Colorado Department of Education, focusing on policies and programs impacting the host state of TESOL 2020.
 
All sessions are noted as taking place in either Room 206 or 207 in the Colorado Convention Center

U.S. Advocacy and Policy

Wednesday, ​1 April

10:30 am–12:00 pm
U.S. Federal Policy Update
Featuring speakers from TESOL International Association
Room 207

10:30 am–11:15 am
State WIOA, Adult ESOL Initiatives, and Innovation
Featuring speakers from various state adult education programs
Room 206

1:00 pm–​1:45 pm
Shape the Future for Your Students: 2020 Census ELL/ESL Resources
Featuring speakers from the U.S. Census Bureau 
Room 207

3:00 pm–3:45 ​pm
Hot Topics for English Language Programs
Featuring a panel of speakers from several English language education organizations
​Room 207

4:00 pm–4:45 pm
Hot Topics and Policy Updates from SEVP
Featuring speakers from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Student Exchange and Visitor Program
Room 207

4:00 pm–4:45 pm
The Seal of Biliteracy: Past, Present, and Future
Featuring speakers from various organizations ​supporting bilingual education
Room 206

5:00 pm–5:45 pm
Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education: Ensuring Access 
Featuring speakers from the Office for Civil Rights within the U.S. Department of Education
Room 207

Thursday, 2 April

9:30 am–10:​15 am
Updates from the Office of English Language Acquisition
Featuring speakers from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of English Language Acquisition
Room 207

10:30 am–11:15 am
"Public Charge" and its Impact on Schools and Families 
Featuring speakers from the Migrant Legal Action Program
Room 207

1:00 ​pm–​5:​00 pm
Special Public Policy Session: ELs, Immigrant Students, and U.S. Law
Featuring speakers from the Migrant Legal Action Program ​
Room 207

Friday, 3 ​April

9:30 am–10:15 ​am
Rethinking Adult Education Under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act
Featuring speakers from the Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education within the U.S. Department of Education
Room 207

10:30 am–11:15 ​am
When Scammers Target Your Students: Tips and Tools for Teachers
Featuring speakers from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission
Room 207

Colorado Advocacy and Policy

Wednesday, 1 April

1​1:30 am–1:00 ​pm
How ELPA Awardees are Meeting and Exceeding ELP Goals
Featuring speakers from the Colorado Department of Education
Room 206

1​:00 pm–1:45 ​pm
​Addressing the Identification and Service of ELs in Gifted Education
Featuring speakers from the Colorado Department of Education
Room 206

2​:00 pm–2:45 ​pm
​Colorado's Pathways for Biliteracy
Featuring speakers from the Colorado Department of Education
Room 206

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.

Friday, ​3 April

11:30 am–​12:15 ​pm
The U.S. Naturalization Test: Teaching Objectives
Room 207

2:​00 pm–2:45 pm
Naturalization 101: Overview of the Naturalization Process
Room 207

3:​00 pm–3:45 pm
Building a High-Quality Adult Citizenship Education Program
Room 207