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Highlights from the 2017 TESOL Advocacy & Policy Summit

More than ​100 TESOL professionals descended on Washington, DC, 18–20 June 2017, for the 11th annual TESOL Advocacy & Policy Summit. Over the course of the three-day summit, participants were briefed on education policies and legislative initiatives that impact English learners and English language teachers. Various policy-oriented breakout sessions were facilitated by the U.S. Department of Education, Student Exchange and Visitor Program, American Federation of Teachers, National Skills Coalition, and Migrant Legal Action Program.

On the final day, summit ​participants visited the offices of more than 140 representatives in both the House and Senate. Before heading to ​Capitol Hill, however, ​participants received advocacy training, talking points, and policy briefs about key issues affecting the TESOL field. Additionally, participants spent time over the course of the first two days strategizing with other TESOL professionals in order to strengthen the messages they brought with them to their meetings on the Hill.

Be sure to join your colleagues next year for this excellent opportunity to sharpen your policy knowledge and become a stronger advocate for English learners and the TESOL profession.
The dates and location ​of the 2018 TESOL Advocacy & Policy Summit ​will be ​announced soon! 

Read the TESOL Advocacy & Policy Summit Press Release here

Read the full recap of the 2017 TESOL Advocacy& Policy Summit from TESOL Connections here

Participant Experiences & Testimonials





2017 TESOL Advocacy & Policy Summit Photo Album

2017 TESOL Advocacy & Policy Summit

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