The Fall Professional Development Workshop: Best Practices in Online ESL Course Design & Instruction is coming up. Stephen Peridore will be the presenter.
Attend in person as food will be served or Skype in and eat your own food at home. Either way, we'll be learning and making connections. Be sure you RSVP before Oct 16th so we know how to plan.
Date:Mon Oct 19, 2015
Time: 7:00 pm
Place: EF International Language School, 2255 Kuhio Ave Suite 1100 in Waikiki (On the 11th floor of the Waikiki Trade Center). Or Skype in. RSVP to get name to call.
Parking: Free and metered parking on the street, and there are also parking garages close by.
Free to current members, $10 for guests.
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The September issue of "The Word" Newsletter is now available.
HI TESOL Logo Contest
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In Other News
A Seal of Biliteracy for Hawaii's public students has been approved:
The Board of Education hereby establishes a Seal of Biliteracy to be awarded upon graduation to students who demonstrate high proficiency in either of the State's two official languages and at least one additional language, including American Sign Language; provided that a student who demonstrates a high proficiency in both of the State's two official languages shall be awarded a Seal of Biliteracy.
The purposes of the Seal of Biliteracy are to recognize the importance of: (1) enabling students to be college, career, and community ready in today's global society; (2) establishing an educational culture that recognizes and values the wealth of linguistic and cultural diversity students bring to the classroom; (3) supporting opportunities for study of and increasing proficiency in ‘Ōlelo Hawai'i, an official language of the State of Hawai'i; and (4) encouraging partnerships with institutions of higher education and community organizations to increase access to language instruction in a variety of languages.
The Department of Education shall implement the Seal of Biliteracy, including developments of criteria that students must satisfy to receive the Seal.
Rationale: The Board of Education recognizes that there is personal, cultural, social, academic, and vocational/occupational value in encouraging students to maintain, or develop, proficiency in more than one language.
Hawaii TESOL would like to thank the BOE for passing this and our own Shawn Ford, who represented Hawaii TESOL in this matter.