Editor’s Note, Spring 2017

Mar 18th, 2017 | By | Category: Editor's Note, Messages
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Karen Bleske

Karen Bleske

—Hello, CATESOL News readers.

I hope this issue finds you well and ready for spring. Spring kicks off CATESOL’s Regional Conference season, and this issue features reports on the LA Regional from three winners of the Education Foundation stipend that is intended to help students attend the conferences. Reports on April’s Northern Regional and the San Diego Regional will appear in the Summer issue. And it’s never too soon to start anticipating the Annual Conference in October; this issue features a preview on some of the featured presenters.

In this issue you’ll also find a student reflection on attending the Orange County Fall Workshop and a preview of the chapter’s Spring Workshop, along with a feature on the Inland Empire’s Chinese New Year celebration. You’ll also find invitations to join an interest group, one from the established Nonnative Language Educators Issues Interest Group and one from a new group that is in the process of getting established: the Low Education/Low Literacy Adult Learners Interest Group. Legislative Advocate Jeff Frost brings CATESOL up to date on the governor’s latest budget proposals, Past President Sydney Rice, with Kathy Wada, discusses the flawed picture presented by the Student Success Scorecard, Maryann Hasso reports on her research into improving ELLs’ reading engagement, and Judith O’Loughlin asks that teachers take the “My Name, My Identity” pledge that supports a nationwide campaign to respect students’ names by learning how to pronounce them properly. On the same subject, Ana Wu’s lesson plan addresses teaching students how to spell their own names out clearly. Rogers Walker offers ways to achieve balance among students in their degree of classroom participation, and Patrick T. Randolph describes how he uses observation journals to help his students become keen noticers, and writers, of daily life as it occurs around them.

If you have any questions about how to write your own article for publication, be sure to check out “Submission Guidelines” on the top menu bar, which tells you all you need to know about submitting to the CATESOL News, along with copy deadlines and publication dates. The next deadline, for the Summer 2017 issue, is Wednesday, May 1.

I hope to hear from you.

—Karen Bleske


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