Voices Vol 41 No 2

From The Editor

And The Winners Are...

By Roselyn Rauch

Were you there? At our Spring Conference? Were you one of the lucky 1500 or so that had the wonderful opportunity to meet in New Brunswick for our two-day networking/professional development event? Did you get to hear our keynote speakers Maria Dove and Andrea Honigsfeld (Common Core Collaborations) on Wednesday? Or Mary Capellini (Balancing Reading and Language Learning) on Thursday? I hope so.

Did you make it to our Awards Reception? We congratulated our deserving scholarship winners that you, our members, made possible through your generosity:

Also presented were :

Check out the recipients’ photos elsewhere in this issue.
The Executive Board, led by Cassy Lawrence, Conference Chair, worked extremely hard to put together this event. Except for a few grumbles about the parking— we know, we know- which was improved over our first year at the Hyatt, (it pays to arrive early), everyone, including the vendors were extremely happy. The workshops were well received, the food was good. And to have all components within a single venue (as opposed to previous years) is a vast improvement. Be sure to see the pictures throughout this issue with thanks to those who submitted photos. Now look forward to next year…plans have already begun.

As Cassy Lawrence moved into the President’s chair with Sandee McHugh-McBride as Vice President/President-Elect, we also welcomed many new Executive Board officers: Liaison-Damian Medina (dmedina@njtesol-njbe.org); Bilingual Elementary 1 - 8 Representative Nora Torres (ntorres@njtesol-njbe.org); Bilingual Secondary Representative Yasmin Hernandez-Manno (yhernandez-manno@njtesol-njbe.org); Teacher Education Representative Mary Curran (mcurran@njtesol-njbe.org) and Supervisors’ SIG Representative JoAnne Negrin (jnegrin@njtesol-njbe.org). JoAnne is also in the process of establishing a Cumberland County chapter. We wish them all much success in their new roles; feel free to contact them with any concerns.  

Articles in this issue run the gamut from reprising the Spring Conference to  meeting some of our new Board members and their projects: Nora Torres / Port-of-Entry Program and JoAnne Negrin / Borderless Learning to a guest writer for the Special Ed SIG, Alan Rasmussen, writing on The Role of the Inclusion Teacher and Its Impact on ELL Students. Mary Curran, new Teacher Education SIG representative, reports on the Graduate Student Forum. Other articles include Monica Schnee’s A Visit to the Center for Applied Linguistics to Review Post-ACCESS Test Items and Karen Nemeth’s suggestions to Pave the Way for Parent and Community Action this Summer. In our Technology section, Marilyn Pongracz helps you in Organizing the Confusion: Making the Most of the Internet for Your Students. And be sure to read Elizabeth Franks’ Socio-political Concerns report with changes in legislation that will affect us all: Waiver Implementation; New Formula to Calculate High School Graduation Rate; HSPA, AHSA, the Appeals Process and the Proposed Changes; Teacher Evaluation and Regional Achievement Centers; and the Seal of Biliteracy.

Now, to complete the title of this piece, who were the winners? Not only those who actually received awards, but the entire membership of NJTESOL/NJBE with its access (no pun intended) to the professional expertise of the organization to make their jobs easier and their students’ lives better. If you couldn‘t make it to the spring conference this year, glean what you can from the presenters’ handouts on our website (www.njtesol-njbe.org) and look forward to next year’s event. In the meantime, enjoy the issue.

Have a great summer!

Looking forward,