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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.


INVITED SPEAKER: I Came Here to Learn: the Achievements and Experiences of students in Massachusetts whose First Language is Not English

Thursday, June 1, 2017 at 8:30 AM–9:15 AM EDT
Youth whose First Language is Not English (FLNE) represent the fastest growing segment of the United States public school population. In Massachusetts, where one in five students is FLNE, the high school graduation rate for this key sub-group stands at just above 70 percent.
The Center for Promise utilized multiple methods to analyze data from over 13,000 FLNE student across the state and in depth group interviews with Latinx students in five school districts to better understand the experiences that support or hinder FLNE student academic persistence. This presentation will highlight the findings and the implications in I Came Here to Learn. The authors will also facilitate an interactive discussion about how to support FLNE students through graduation.
Session Type

INVITED SPEAKER (45 minutes)

Topic Strand

Knowing our Students

Primary Audience

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

Secondary Audience

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


Shannon Varge, PhD, Center for Promise - Boston University School of Education
Biographical Statement