Editor’s Note, Fall 2015

Sep 29th, 2015 | By | Category: Editor's Note, Messages
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Karen Bleske

—Hello, CATESOL News readers. By now you are likely looking forward to November’s CATESOL Annual Conference in Anaheim. This issue of the CATESOL News offers a preview of the conference, during which the new, 2015-2016 Board of Directors assumes its position. For those who find the workings of the Board mysterious, Past President Ellen Lange has explained it all; check out “Da Bomb Says: Da Board—Who Are We?—You!” Speaking of leadership, TESOL President Andy Curtis discusses lessons he’s learned along the way and since he’s assumed that role for the international organization. In other TESOL news, Bette Empol and Judy O’Loughlin offer their top 10 takeaways from the TESOL Advocacy and Policy Summit held in Washington, DC, in June. Also on the subject of advocacy and policy, CATESOL’s legislative advocate Jeff Frost reports on the implications of the suspension of California’s high school exit exam and Dave Coleman offers an in-depth explanation of the effects on adult education of the new Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, which became law in July. In addition, this issue celebrates the achievement of former Board member Merari Weber and marks the passing of Kareen Kjelstrup. On the lighter side, the Part-Time Educators Interest Group’s book club offers a review of Sunday Workshop presenter Keith Folse’s book Vocabulary Myths. And finally, along with Inner News, the In the Classroom section features Steve Nolan’s story focusing on SDSU’s certificate programs meant to equip teachers to work in ELD and increasingly common dual language programs. The section is topped off with an innovative approach for the reading classroom: ELL Read-a-thons, as developed by Patrick T. Randolph and two colleagues, Joseph Ruppert and Laura Ramm. I hope you enjoy and use all this issue’s offerings.

I also hope that you have taken full advantage of the easy online accessibility of the CATESOL News. Please keep sending in lesson plans and ideas that detail your experiences in the classroom, and do please keep sending in your stories and reports about your chapters, levels, and interest groups, along with anything else that might be of interest to members. As for length, 600-800 words is a good place to start, but shorter is fine too. Photos should be submitted as jpg files, as always. And new authors, please submit photos of yourselves to go along with your articles.

The deadline for the Winter issue is December 1, 2015. Please send your comments, questions, and submissions to http://catesol.org/contact_us.aspx (note the new address). I look forward to hearing from you,

—Karen Bleske

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