Special Interest Group:

Advocacy & Policy


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October 2017 Updates

A message from your SIG Leader,

Sharon Umlor:


Welcome to the MITESOL Advocacy and Policy SIG page! I urge you to use the tools on this page to be an agent of change who benefits English learners and educators.


Feedback or questions? Join the conversation on the Advocacy and Policy Facebook Group page, or contact me at sharonumlor@grcc.edu.


 -- Sharon Umlor



2017 TESOL Advocacy and Policy Summit in Washington D.C.

MITESOL board members Sharon Umlor and Jennifer Musser attended the 3-day summit in June and met with both Michigan senators as well as four members of the House of Representatives on Capitol Hill. Read about their advocacy efforts in the August edition of MITESOL Messages.



Highlights from the 2017 TESOL Advocacy & Policy Summit

Policy Support: Take Action!

 To be an effective advocate, try these action tips  from Ester De Jong, president of TESOL   International Association:

 1. Seek out local and state leaders who are   established advocates for ELs.

 2. Stay current – Keep up-to-date with TESOL’s letters and alerts on important government policies and legislation.


3. Follow legislative action – Sign up for alerts from the State of Michigan Legislature and U.S. Congress.

 4. COMMUNICATE with your elected officials via all channels – emails, letters, phone calls – frequently! Use a template or script. Explain which specific policy is causing you to reach out (support or suggested change).




Advocacy Resources

Featured Michigan Advocacy Resource: 



The Michigan Immigrant Rights Center (MIRC) is a legal resource center for Michigan's immigrant communities. MIRC works to build a thriving Michigan where immigrant communities are fully integrated and respected.


AND… More Advocacy Resources from TESOL International that offer English language educators the opportunity to get involved.




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