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Editor’s Note, Summer 2017

May 17th, 2017 | By
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—Hello, CATESOL News readers. Summer is here, and that means it’s time to submit proposals for the CATESOL 2017 Annual Conference—the proposal deadline falls in midsummer, July 23. If you are hesitating, read CATESOL President Karen Russikoff’s message for some encouraging words. Conference liaison Alejandra Pulido offers a preview on two more of the conference’s
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Equanimity at a Glance

May 17th, 2017 | By
new author pic of Lynn Francis

(aka First Aid for Freaking Out) By LYNN FRANCIS, MA, MS —Equanimity Noun Mental calmness, composure, and evenness of temper, especially in a difficult situation. Are you struggling with the political climate right now? Is it causing problems in your ability to concentrate, relate to others—left and/or right—in relationships at home and work? Are you
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The CATESOL Journal Seeks Reviewers, Especially K-12

May 17th, 2017 | By
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We are seeking new members for our CATESOL Journal editorial board for their input on manuscripts. The board evaluates incoming manuscripts and provides feedback to authors as these authors go through the review process. If you are interested in serving on our editorial review board, we encourage you to contact us at catesoljournal@gmail.com. We are
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Important English Language Learner Bills Move Forward

May 17th, 2017 | By
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By JEFF FROST —After years of efforts by education advocates trying to improve the opportunities of EL students through the legislative process, we are now making progress. With the language in the Local Control Funding Formula focusing on the improving the academic outcomes of EL students as a key accountability requirement, the growing participation of
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Nevada Looks to Expand ‘Zoom Schools,’
Introduce Promise Program

May 17th, 2017 | By
author image of Linda Gannon

By LINDA GANNON —Nevada commenced its biannual legislative session in February, so it is a good time to share some updates that will affect our state’s second-language teachers and residents. We are now without CATESOL advocacy, but I had the opportunity to travel to Carson City recently and interact with members of the Senate and
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Register for AmazonSmile
to Help CATESOL

May 17th, 2017 | By
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Do you know that when you buy something on Amazon.com, your purchase can also benefit CATESOL? If you select the CATESOL Educational Foundation as your selected charity under AmazonSmile, a donation will be made to benefit our support of English learners and their teachers. There is no additional charge to take advantage of this contribution.
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From the President, Summer 2017—Now Is the Time:
Calling Everyone With Something to Share

May 17th, 2017 | By
call for proposals for 2017 conference

By KAREN RUSSIKOFF —That time of the year is here again—and you won’t want to miss it! The Call for Proposals for the CATESOL Annual Conference is up and waiting for you to submit. (See more details about the conference toward the middle of the Featuring: Conferences section.) If you have never submitted to a
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Between the Pauses: Tools for Supporting
Balanced Student Participation

Mar 18th, 2017 | By
author image of Rogers Walker

By ROGERS WALKER —A familiar sight for many teachers is the “quiet” student who avoids eye contact to escape being called upon to talk. Also familiar is the student who talks constantly and seems to view the class as a private tutorial with the teacher to the detriment of less assertive classmates. These issues represent
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Observation Journals: Inspiring ELLs
to Embrace a Life Worth Living

Mar 18th, 2017 | By
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By PATRICK T. RANDOLPH —I. Introduction The Red Wheelbarrow so much depends upon a red wheel barrow glazed with rain water beside the white chickens. —William Carlos Williams It is all about noticing, observing, being aware of the countless ordinary and extraordinary moments that make up a day. This magic is reflected in the refreshing
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Phonetic Spelling Alphabet—
A Pronunciation
Lesson Plan

Mar 18th, 2017 | By
Ana Wu

By ANA WU —Level: Low and High-Beginning Time: 30-40 minutes Topic: Spelling Your Name Rationale: As students need to interact with native speakers of English and speakers of other languages, it is important that they spell out their names clearly, especially when dealing with law-enforcement officers, financial-institution customer services, and medical front-desk clerks. Learning Objectives:
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