June 2020

Statement on Racial Injustice and Equality

In solidarity with the Twin Cities communities, communities across the United States, and TESOL International Association, MinneTESOL extends and supports TESOL’s statement on racial injustice and inequality. As Minnesota’s TESOL affiliate, we believe it’s important to work in concert with the community to end violence against minorities and help our learners feel secure.

MinneTESOL will continue this conversation as an organization in depth with our membership over the summer. Until then, we invite you to consider the following resources about anti-racism.


  1. Scaffolded Anti-Racist Resources by Anna Stamborski, M. Div Candidate (2022), Nikki Zimmermann, M. Div candidate (2021), Bailie Gregory, M. Div, M.S. Ed.
  2. “Talking About Racism and Violence: Resources for Educators and Families” resource page from Colorin Colorado
  3. Teaching About Race, Racism And Police Violence” from Teaching Tolerance

Attend the TESOL Advocacy & Policy Summit

Do you want to do more with Advocacy? If so, consider attending the TESOL Advocacy & Policy Summit on June 22-24, 2020.  The Summit is taking place virtually this year.  Price is $5 for TESOL student members, $20.20 for TESOL members, and $49 for non-members; the deadline for registration is June 19.

MinneTESOL is sending a group of educators from the Advocacy Interest Section to attend the online Summit. If you would like to join this group, with funding from MinneTESOL, contact Advocacy IS leader Leah Soderlund at minnetesoladvocacy@gmail.com.

A full report from the MinneTESOL attendees of the Advocacy Summit will be featured in an upcoming Newsletter.

MELEd Call for Proposals – Deadline Extended- Final Extension!

MinneTESOL and the Minnesota Department of Education welcome proposals for MELEd 2020. We are looking for presentations related to all aspects of English language teaching and best practices for instruction and administration.

Here is the link to Submit a Proposal to MELEd 2020! The submission deadline has been extended to June 19, 2020.

Please see our website for more information: minnetesol.org/fall-conference

MELED 2020 Conference Updates

As of now, plans have not changed the format of the 2020 MELED Conference. We still plan to have an in-person conference on November 19-21, 2020 at the Rivercentre in St. Paul, MN. We will keep you apprised if the format of the conference changes.

Featured Article

The Spring 2020 Journal is here, featuring an invited article by MELEd 2019 keynote speaker Ofelia García titled “The education of Latinx bilingual children in times of isolation”.This timely new article addresses the invalidity of traditional principles for Latinx bilingual students and proposes other understandings. Find this and all new articles in the Spring 2020 Journal.

MinneTESOL Journal Call for Papers!
Now is your chance to publish an article in the upcoming MinneTESOL Journal, a practitioner academic online journal. See Writing for the MinneTESOL Journal. 

Submissions for the Fall issue are due August 15, 2020. Email the senior editors to learn more about submitting work:

Jen Vanek: jen_vanek@worlded.org
Michelle Benegas: mbenegas01@hamline.edu

Get to Know the MinneTESOL Executive Board

Each newsletter will profile a different Executive Board or MinneTESOL member.

Name: Jessica Quiñonez

Position at MinneTESOL: Southeastern Regional Officer

Teaching context: High School EL/Newcomer Teacher, Faribault High School

Why you got into ESL: A passion for language learning and understanding other cultures; helping students navigate both the new language and culture they’re in is the perfect combination!

Current Project: Working through my Capstone on linguistic identity construction and culturally relevant pedagogy

TESOL 2020 Virtual Convention and Expo: Special Discount for MinneTESOL members

MinneTESOL is pleased to share a special online learning and networking opportunity with you from TESOL International Association. On 16-18 July TESOL is bringing together English language teaching professionals from around the world for its first-ever Virtual Convention & Expo. All MinneTESOL members are invited to register at the TESOL member rate of US $99 ($49 savings).

To register at the TESOL member rate, you must use this registration link by 8 July: https://bit.ly/2UV0oDf

From the comfort of your home, office, or on the go, you’ll be able to:

  • Hear from engaging keynote presentations with live Q&A
  • Gather new research, strategies, and tools from 100 sessions on English language learning and teaching
  • Chat and network with attendees and exhibitors
  • Find new ELT products and services in the interactive Expo
  • Additionally, if you miss a session, you can access the recording to watch at your convenience.
  • To learn more about the Virtual Convention, visit the website.

We hope you will come together with your ELT colleagues at TESOL 2020!

Did you know?

Past MinneTESOL newsletters can be found on our website, at http://minnetesol.org/minnetesol-newsletters

We want to hear from you

We are always looking for information to share from our members. Please send newsletter submissions to admin@minnetesol.org.

Did we miss something?

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