Editor’s Note, Spring 2016

Mar 19th, 2016 | By | Category: Editor's Note, Messages
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Karen Bleske

Karen Bleske

—Hello, CATESOL News readers.

Spring is the season for regional conferences, and this issue features a report on the just-past San Diego Regional, along with accounts from four recipients of the CATESOL Education Foundation stipend that helps defray the cost of attending a conference. One awardee reports on her experiences at the San Diego Regional and the other three offer detail-filled accounts from the LA Regional a week earlier. A preview on the still-upcoming Northern Regional rounds out the offerings.

Speaking of conferences, TESOL celebrates its 50th anniversary at its upcoming convention in April; read TESOL President Andy Curtis’s thoughts on the subject along with a preview of his plenary address. And see our president’s message to read about how TESOL has honored CATESOL member Judy O’Loughlin as having made contributions to the profession. Still in the TESOL neighborhood, regular contributor Patrick T. Randolph and his co-editor are asking CATESOL readers for submissions of lesson plans for their book on creative writing in the ELL classroom; the book will be published by TESOL Press in its New Ways series. Patrick’s lesson for the In the Classroom section this time around focuses on metaphors, and the Classroom section also features Raymond Carson’s winner of the IEP Level competition; the lesson itself is repeated as a separate file for convenience in printing, and the two worksheets are separate links. And Lynn Francis is back with another chapter of Inner News. Also of use in the classroom are tips from the part-timers’ corner about how to use your limited time wisely.

Jeff Frost reports the latest on California’s development of a new accountability system for schools, while Ixchell Reyes reports on how and why the ESL faculty at USC voted to unionize. The chapters also tell success stories: Orange County spring workshop addressed effective classroom-management strategies; Inland Empire enjoyed its holiday potluck and looks forward to its spring event; and San Gabriel Valley celebrates its first year. And another first is the launch of a Twitter-based Professional Learning Network for CATESOL; read Merari Weber’s article to find out how to join in.

I hope you enjoy this issue’s offerings.

—Karen Bleske


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