Advocating for ELs


Carolina TESOL is committed to advocating for English learners throughout the Carolinas by informing educators of national, state, and local research, issues, and policies affecting Els and advising its membership of advocacy resources and opportunities.

TESOL International's 2018 Advocacy & Policy Summit

Carolina TESOL members Richard McCabe (President), Revae Bostwick (Treasurer), Alla Polatty (Socio-Political Advisor-SC), and Karen Solis (Socio-Political Advisor-NC) attended the 2018 TESOL Advocacy & Policy Summit June 18-20 in Alexandria, VA.  This professional development event allows for "educators to learn about U.S. federal education issues and advocate for policies that support English learners and the field of English language education." (TESOL International) They met with congressional leaders from their home states to address current issues and concerns in these areas.

Photo and Report from NC Advocacy Representatives (coming soon)

Photo and Report from SC Advocacy Representatives (coming soon)

2019 TESOL Advocacy & Policy Summit Opportunity

Passionate about advocating for English learners and interested in learning more?  Carolina TESOL will be offering a scholarship to its membership  in the amount of summit registration beginning in 2019.  Application guidelines coming soon.

Socio-Political Officer - NC    Karen Solis

Karen Solis is an English Learner (EL) teacher in Gaston County, North Carolina where she has advocated for EL students and families as a member of the School Improvement Team. As a member of the NC DPI English Learner Support Team, she is a state trainer and coach. Solis is passionate about advocating for ELs. Karen states, "We care about our students, but caring is not enough anymore. We must be informed about what is going on politically. We must take action and advocate for positive change in education. I will do my best to keep our Carolina TESOL members informed."

           Socio-Political Officer - SC               Alla Polatty

Alla Polatty is the ESOL Instructional Coach for Greenwood School district 50 in Greenwood, SC. A native of Ukraine, she has been a teacher for 18 years. She enjoys teaching new languages to students, whether it's a foreign language for English speaking students or English for students with different first language backgrounds. Alla says, "Having been a Language Learner myself, I can relate to many struggles my students experience. Some of the issues of ELs I am passionate about are:  -welcoming schools -training compassionate educators to serve ELs, -valuing of the home language; -celebrating their success, including the Seal of Biliteracy Initiatives. My goal for this position is to bring awareness to some of these issues and help our members see that the change begins with us. "  Advocacy is not what we do for others but what we do with others to transform our community."(NEA)

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