Special Interest Group:

Adult Education

January 2018 Updates

A message from your SIG Leader,

Casey Thelenwood:

Happy New Year! I hope that 2018 is off to a great start for each of you! Here are some resources, news articles, and advocacy opportunities to help you start the year.

If you have any suggestions or information to include in the next Adult Education SIG Update, I would love to hear from you! Please contact me at thelecas@gvsu.edu. Keep up the good work in support of TESOL students across the state!

 -- Casey Thelenwood


Public Education Funding Inequity in an Era of Increasing Concentration of Poverty and Resegregation

Briefing Report by the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights

Published January 2018


A Look at Immigrant Families in Michigan

Geographic Fact Sheets by the Michigan League for Public Policy


Michigan: We Are All Migrants Here

Report by John Austin and Akaash Kolluri from the Michigan Economic Center and by Steve Tobocman from Global Detroit


2017 Race for Results:

Building a Path to Opportunity for All Children

Report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation


CSII Interactive Map: Number Eligible for DREAM Act of 2017 and Economic Gains by U.S. Congressional District

By USC Dornsife Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration


Help for Immigrant Families: Guidance for Schools

By Immigrant Legal Resource Center


Past #IamMITESOL Feature

Collin Blair has been an ESL/EFL instructor since 1998, working in several different countries around the globe.  A native of Texas, he has worked domestically with an array of adult learners, immigrants, and refugees in various programs in Texas, California, Louisiana, and Michigan as an IEP/EAP instructor, academic director, student advisor, coordinator, and assessment rater.  A frequent presenter at conferences, Collin especially loves pronunciation, writing for diverse purposes, and sociolinguistics.  With a B.S. in Radio-TV-Film from the University of Texas and a M.A. TESOL from California State University Los Angeles, Collin has been a member of the dynamic MITESOL community since moving to Michigan in 2011.


Professional Development Opportunity

TESOL 2018 International Convention &

English Language Expo

March 27-30, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois

Discounted Registration Ends February 1, 2018



We Are All America National Week of Action

January 27 – February 3, 2018

We Are All America is a national campaign that aims to uphold and strengthen our nation's commitment to welcome and protect those seeking freedom, safety and refuge in the United States.

The campaign will officially launch the week of January 27, 2018.



DACA Recipients Can Apply For Renewal, Government Says

By James Doubek for National Public Radio


“A Deep and Painful Flaw”: Talk about Immigration with Your Students

By Maureen Costello for Teaching Tolerance


How Good Teachers are Making a Difference in Metro Detroit’s Multiethnic Classrooms

By Muna Danish for Model D Media


Hundreds of Local El Salvadorans Could be Deported Under Trump’s Decision

By Michael Krafcik for WWMT


Judge in Detroit Rules in Favor of Iraqi Detainees: They Deserve Bond Hearings

By Tresa Baldas & Ann Zaniewski for The Detroit Free Press


Column: Don’t Deport Me, a Michiganian

By Vanessa Gutierrez for The Detroit Free Press


Consider the Trauma Immigration Raids Cause for Children: Opinion

By Dr. Rebekah Diamond for The Detroit Free Press


Thousands of Immigrant Families in Michigan May be Spending Their Last Holiday Together without DACA Fix

By Alex Rossman for Michigan League for Public Policy


House Panel OKs Bill Making English Michigan’s Official Language

By Emily Lawler for MLive


A Look Back on 12 Months that Saw Islamophobia Reach Record Levels in Michigan

By Michael Jackman for Detroit Metro Times


Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder: Congress Should Act Now to Protect Dreamers

By Rick Snyder for The Detroit Free Press


U.S. Pulls Out of a Global Pact on the Treatment of Migrants. Here’s Why

By Larisa Epatko for PBS News Hour


Saturday School Works to Stop English-Only Classrooms from Stunting Spanish-Speaking Kids

By Stateside Staff for Michigan Radio


Michigan’s Third-Grade Reading Law Could Hold Back 70% of English Language Learners

By Stateside Staff for Michigan Radio

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