Voices Vol 41 No 2

From The Editor

By Roselyn Rauch

May 30th and 31st will be here before you know it. And on those days, our annual Spring Conference will take place in New Brunswick. The main focus of this issue of Voices is conference-related: where it is and where to park; what to expect and whom to look for; what is happening and when. Read this edition and you will be prepared to get the most out of the event. Just be sure to check your workshop choices in the conference program to be sure that there weren’t any last minute changes.

The NJTESOL/NJBE Spring Conference is to ESL and bilingual teachers what NJEA Convention in Atlantic City is for mainstream teachers. The best of the best come to our conference to share their expertise and provide top-notch professional development. Networking opportunities abound, too, so that no one individual needs to feel that they are in this profession alone without a support system: share your successes, your failures, your frustrations. Your peers are compassionate and can provide real solutions.

There is one name that appears in at least 3 of the articles in this issue: Pascale Mauclair. Pascale Mauclair is a teacher in the New York City school system who was ranked as the worst of the worst. Wouldn’t you know that she was being judged via her students’ scores- all English language learners? Read Fellow teachers come to the defense of Pascale Mauclair, singled out as the 'worst' by the 'Post'by Joe Pompeo of capitalnewyork.com. Her situation could happen to any one of our colleagues; it is a scary scenario.

Testing is always on our minds especially at this time of year. Read Tina Kern’s article about the Gray Areas:  Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell regarding testing protocol. This is recommended reading for all as is Monica Schnee’s article, A New Initiative. Monica focuses on getting parents involved and informing them of what a school scenario is like for their children. I always encourage you to read the reports of the other SIGs. So much of what we do intersects and overlaps across the levels. We need to know what is going on throughout our realm.

And, last, but by no means least, we bid goodbye to Judie Haynes as our President. She won’t be going far, though, as she moves into the Past President’s chair. We must thank her not only for her leadership these last two years as President of NJTESOL/NJBE but for her commitment to our profession for over twenty years. Thank you, Judie.

Looking forward,

Roselyn

Roselyn Rauch, Ed.D., is the editor of Voices and a retired ESL/ESL Resource teacher from the Paterson Public School System. She is a consultant with ESL Unlimited and may be reached at rrauch@njtesol.org .