Archive for January, 2017

QR Code: Integrating Technology into IEP Classes

January 28th, 2017

QR Code – Try itCell phones a problem in class?

Interested in learning about and integrating technology into your IEP classes?

Overview: One highlight from the 2016 TESOL International Conference in Baltimore, MD was the presentation entitled Knocking Down Classroom Walls with QR Codes was given by Tristan Thorne, American Language Program, Columbia University. Thorne’s session focused on using those darned phones as a learning tool rather than a learning distraction. Using QR codes to knock down classroom walls to allow for student engagement, classroom equity (learning styles), and enhancement of digital literacy. To add, a ton of paper can be saved!

Click here for the PDF which includes his presentation resources.


ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Summative Assessment

January 28th, 2017

ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 is the annual assessment for English Language Learners (ELLs) in Florida. The assessment is produced by WIDA at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The 2016-2017 academic year, is the second year that Florida will be giving this assessment as required by federal education policy (NCLB, 2001; ESSA 2016). WIDA is a consortium of 38 states and United States Territories which participate in giving the ACCESS 2.0 Assessment. Florida is unique in that it gives only the paper version to ELLs. This year there have been updates and improvements to the online training, the associated manuals have been streamlined and revised including the Accessibility and Accommodations Supplement, and there are scoring changes planned to correspond with the increased rigor of state content area standards. Below are several links that you might find helpful when planning to give the ACCESS 2.0 for ELLs Assessment.

State Specific Information: FLORIDA

ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Summative Assessment (including Key Resources: Guides, Manuals, and Agreements)

Public Test Resources: Test Demo & Sample Items

ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Scoring Changes Planned


Institutional Excellence Award

January 28th, 2017

Institutional Excellence Award

Due Date: February 15, 2017

Notification: March 6, 2016

Award Ceremony: May 12, 2017 at the SSTESOL Conference

Purpose: To recognize outstanding contributions of K-12 schools and Higher Education institutions to the field of Teachers of English for Speakers of Other Languages, Teachers of English as a Foreign Language, Bilingual Education, Intensive English, Applied Linguistics and other related fields

Who’s Eligible: Florida K-12 schools and Higher Educational institutions

Award: $500.00 and a recognition certificate to each (1) K-12 school & (1) higher educational institution

  1. Nomination Process: A nominator will write a one-page letter of nomination, which describes the positive contributions and achievements of the nominee through programs, initiatives, activities, and events that reflect their mission and have significantly impacted the institution’s effectiveness and growth in TESOL.
  2. Supporting documentation (required): The K-12 School or Higher Education institution will send a one page narrative and evidence for each criteria in Word format (New Times Roman or Arial. Font size: 12) focusing on the criteria for this award. The accomplishments must demonstrate evidence of:
  • The institution’s or school’s mission related to TESOL and how the institution or school is enacting its purpose.
  • How the school or institution empowers and inspires teachers or faculty as well as other professionals within the institution or school.
  • Ways to engage others in professional development and student learning.
  • Demonstration of professional and financial support.
  • Contributions to the development and expansion of program activities and initiatives; and
  • Continuing professional development.
  1. Letter of Support: A letter from the institution’s President, Dean or Department Head or School Principal in support of the contributions of the department is required.
  2. Letter of Recommendation: One additional letter of recommendation from the President or designee of the institution or the School Superintendent, School Principal, or designee (one page maximum) providing information relevant to the factors above.

Click here to submit your application letter and required attachments! or email them to