2012-2013 Poster Contest Entries due March 30!  (This is an extended deadline!)


This contest is open to anyone in the state of Minnesota who is currently an English Language Learner, kindergarten through post-secondary, including adult learners.


The poster must

  • reflect the theme: “Minnesota: Land of Diverse Voices”
  • be 11” X 17” in size.
  • have written on the poster:

ESL/Bilingual Awareness, Minnesota: Land of Diverse Voices
Student’s Name



  1. Full color–the brighter the better
  2. Any medium–markers, crayons, paint, colored pencils
  3. Picture should relate to the theme
  4. Creativity is important
  5. Teachers: please send only your best entries




Grand prize is $50. The winning poster will be the official poster of ELL/Bilingual Awareness for 2012-2013. The poster will become the property of MinneTESOL. It will be reproduced and used for promotional purposes for ESL/Bilingual Awareness.

First prizes:

  1. Grades K-3: $25.00
  2. Grades 4-6: $25.00
  3. Grades 7-12: $25.00
  4. Post-secondary and adult: $25.00

Send entries to:

Patricia Hoffman
107 Lagoon Dr.,
Courtland, MN 56021

DEADLINE: Entries must be postmarked by March 1, 2013.

Winners and their teachers will be announced in spring 2013. Winning posters will be displayed both on our website and at the 2013 fall conference. Note: If you would like the poster returned to you, you must include a self-addressed envelope, stamped with sufficient postage. Questions: Please contact Patricia Hoffman or 507-354-3102.

To see information about past contest winners, click here.


Congratulations to Our 2012 MinneTESOL Grant Awardees!


Martha Mason-Miller, Krista Schweppe and Kelly Tennison
Roseville Area High School, Fairview Alternative High School, North High School

Tranformations: Shared Words, Shared Journey

Kristin Perry
Hubbs Center for Lifelong Learning

Multisensory Reading and Writing: An Instructional Framework

Jackie Smith
Noble Elementary, Robbinsdale Area Schools

Let’s Send a Teacher to National TESOL!

Stephanie Sommers
Robbinsdale Adult Academic Program, Winnetka Learning Center

Discovering Reading with Discovery Readers

Melissa Scott
Sonnesyn Elementary, Robbinsdale Area Schools

You are your child’s first teacher! Tu eres tus ninos primer maestro!

Patsy Vinogradov
University of Minnesota

Connecting Early Literacy Practitioners Across Contexts: A Dissertation Study for Teachers of Adult Preliterate ESL Learners

Click here to see some grants awardees’ write-ups describing how they used their grants to improve ESL education in Minnesota.

A Note about 2013 Grants: The MinneTESOL Board of Directors has decided to use all grant funds in 2013 to help members attend the 2013 TESOL Academy. This academy will be held in June 2013 in the Twin Cities, and it will include 2 days of excellent professional development with national speakers.

More details about the TESOL Academy can be found here: .