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2017 Conference

June 1–2, 2017

Framingham, MA

MATSOL 2017 Conference Program

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Thursday Keynote: Jeff Zwiers - Keynote presentation slides
Friday Keynote: Jean-Michel Dissard
- see I Learn America website:

Pre-Conference Institute materials will be emailed to participants.


Learning Redesigned: Promising Curriculum Practices for SLIFE and Beginner ELs

Thursday, June 1, 2017 at 9:30 AM–10:15 AM EDT

Addressing the specific needs of SLIFE and beginner ELs while holding them to high expectations poses a great challenge for educators, especially as schools face ongoing enrollment. This session aims to introduce a curriculum model that has proven to be effective with SLIFE and beginner ELs at the secondary level.


Session Type

Interactive Workshop (45 minutes)

Topic Strand

Specific Populations (ELLs with disabilities, SLIFE, etc.)

Primary Audience

High School (9-12)

Secondary Audience

General (of interest to PK-12, adult, and higher education)


Nicoleta Filimon, International High School, Lawrence Public Schools
Biographical Statement

Nicoleta Filimon is an ESL teacher and Curriculum Facilitator at International High School in Lawrence. She also teaches graduate courses in teacher preparation programs.




Christi Cartwright-Lacerda, International High School Lawrence
Biographical Statement

Christi Cartwright Lacerda is an ESL teacher at International High School in Lawrence. She is also pursuing her master’s degree in TESOL.

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