GATESOL Advocacy Days will provide inspiration, tools, and best practices to equip GATESOL members and like-minded community partners to work individually and in collaboration to advocate for rules, policies, procedures, and funding aligned with research-based best practices for supporting the well-being and long-term success of individuals learning English in the state of Georgia.
Schedule of Events
Friday, June 11, 2021
3:00 – 4:15 pm
Opening Roundtable Discussion: Issues Affecting English Learners in Georgia
Confirmed Panelists: Germán Suarez, Dr. Joel Floyd, Ana Soler
Moderator: Dr. Elizabeth Webb
4:30 – 5:30 pm
Social Responsibility Social
Participants meet up for networking and follow-up conversation on specific topics in small groups, with the opportunity to share ideas for inclusion in the 2021-22 GATESOL Advocacy Plan.
Saturday, June 12, 2021
9 – 10:00 am
Embracing Community, Empowering Voices: How Georgia TESOL Professionals Can Advocate for and Achieve Change
Keynote Presentation by David Cutler Director of Advocacy & Outreach, TESOL International Association, Virginia, USA
David Cutler is the director of advocacy and outreach at TESOL International Association. His work at TESOL includes monitoring and responding to policies and legislation impacting English language teachers and learners, working with members of the U.S. Congress to draft legislation in support of English learners and teachers, organizing the annual TESOL Advocacy & Policy Summit, and directing the association’s communications strategies. David received his bachelor’s in social studies education from Ithaca College and his master’s degree in public administration from Cornell University. His previous work experiences include the District of Columbia Public Schools, American Federation of Teachers, and New York State Assembly. Follow David on Twitter @TESOLpolicyguy.
Breakout Sessions: Taking Action to Dismantle Systemic Racism in ESOL Policy and Funding
Each breakout session will be a discussion of the issues led by experts on each topic and moderated by GATESOL Leaders. Participants will have the opportunity to join a discussion on three different topics.
Round A-10:15 – 10:40; Round B-10:45-11:20; Round C-11:25- 11:50
K-12 ESOL Funding
Preparing Teachers to Teach English Learners
Funding and Policy to Support Adults Learning English in Georgia
Effective and Equitable Communication with Multilingual Families
Equitable Access to and Support for English Learners in Higher Education
Supporting Bilingualism and Bi-dialectism
Addressing the Digital Divide
What’s Next? Building Relationships and Telling our Story
Tools for identifying and contacting elected and appointed officials so that we can start reaching out as individual community members to share the stories of the students, families, and teachers we work with.