2021 Conference

Call for Proposals - Expo Sessions

The 2021 MATSOL Virtual Conference Expo is a virtual space in our online conference platform to display a pre-recorded presentation along with other optional material. The Expo will be open during the entire conference so attendees can visit and engage with the presentations at any time.

Session Types

  • Teaching Tip: Pre-recorded demonstration of a pedagogically-focused strategy or classroom activity in a visually engaging format. You may also include digital handouts or materials that viewers can download for use in their classrooms. 

  • Poster: Pre-recorded presentation of an academically sound scholarly or research project presented, with a digital poster display and/or slideshow presented in a visually engaging format, highlighting work through charts, graphs, maps, etc.
2021 Conference

Call for Proposals 

The Call for Proposals is open for the 2021 MATSOL Virtual Conference. We invite our members to submit proposals to present at the conference on June 1-4, 2021. The conference will take place online due to the ongoing pandemic.

The 2021 MATSOL Virtual Conference brings together educators of English Learners from across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to share expertise and best practices. The MATSOL conference audience will include teachers, administrators, and other educators in:

  • PK-12 schools (public, charter, independent)
  • Pre-service & in-service teacher education
  • Community College ESL programs
  • Intensive English Programs (college IEPs)
  • Adult and workplace education
  • Private Language Schools

MATSOL encourages engaging, interactive presentations that make the theory to practice connection. Successful proposals include practical classroom activities informed by current research and pedagogy, demonstrations of successful instructional practices, examinations of current issues in education, and research that informs educators in the Massachusetts context. Presentations should engage the audience through hands-on or interactive activities when possible.

In alignment with our mission to promote equity and excellence for English learners, MATSOL encourages submission of proposals that show a strong commitment to racial justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion. To reflect this goal, MATSOL is piloting a new section in the proposal to explain how the presentation will address racial justice and/or culturally responsive teaching.

View the Call for Proposals...
2021 Conference

Video Recording Tips and Suggestions

Adapted with permission from “CATESOL 2021 Teaching Tips Submissions”. Thank you to our CATESOL colleagues for sharing this resource with MATSOL!

  1. Finalize content.
    Consider the presentation materials you would use if you were presenting face-to-face or even live. For example, it might help to build the PPT, Prezi, Flipgrid, Padlet, or other materials first to set your organization. Please feel free to use ANY application/platform you feel comfortable with.
    *Pro tip: viewers won’t be able to zoom in, so make sure any images you use are large enough to be seen on a laptop screen.

  2. Write a script.
    Even if you don’t use it verbatim, it will give you a chance to collect your thoughts and reconsider your organization.
    *Pro tip: Don’t just write what you want to say for each slide, include a transition sentence to improve the flow as you click to the next image.

  3. Practice.
    Use your script alongside your visual aids and time yourself. Please do not go over time.
    *Pro tip: We often slow our speech in these situations, and reading the script while recording can lead to a monotone voice, which can actually make it more difficult to stay engaged. Practicing will help you speak more naturally as if you were in front of a live audience - stay excited!

  4. Determine recording tool.
    This decision may be affected by a number of variables:

    With which tools are you most comfortable?
    If you’ve never used screen capture applications, for example, this may not be the time to start.
    If you only want audio, then recording inside PowerPoint and converting to a video file may be the best choice.

    Do you want your video shown?
    This can increase engagement, but adds considerations like lighting (you want as much light in front of your face as possible), placement (you don’t want your video to block text on the screen) and use of notes (it’s harder to refer to your script when you are on camera).
    If you’d like the addition of video along with sharing what’s on your screen, try ScreenCast O Matic.

    Do you want annotations or drawing options?
    This adds a real-time effect to the video, but also a layer of complication.
    If you want to explore this idea, then recording in Zoom may be the way to go.

  5. Record and caption your videos.
    Set aside about an hour just for the recording portion. You’ll be surprised at how long it takes, especially when you first start. It certainly doesn’t have to be perfect - we’re all human! Once your video is recorded, you can choose to caption your video with freely available tools such as Amara (https://amara.org/en/). If you choose not to caption, then YouTube will have the captioning feature once we upload it.

  6. Share.
    Once you’re set with your recording, please share it with the conference committee via a file sharing platform like Google Drive or DropBox, making sure that Jason at [email protected] has the appropriate rights to download it.

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PDP Option

As a service to our members, MATSOL offers a 15 PDP option for 2021 MATSOL Virtual Conference participants. 

You must be a current member and a registered participant on the 2021 MATSOL Virtual Conference Whova platform to submit a PDP project for evaluation. 

PDP Submission Requirements

To qualify for 15 PDPs, conference participants must:

  1. Attend 12 hours of MATSOL conference presentations (either live sessions attended during the conference or session recordings viewed after the conference). The number of minutes viewed will be verified via MATSOL’s virtual conference app. NOTE: All conference sessions have been uploaded to the Whova conference platform. See these instructions to access the Whova site.
  2. Create a PDP Project, either an Action plan or Lesson Plan.


Download / Print the 2021 MATSOL Conference PDP Project description for instructions.

PDP Project submission deadline September 30, 2021. MATSOL will evaluate all submitted projects on a rolling basis and respond via email with the award decision no later than October 31, 2021. 

Click here to upload your PDP Project Submission

Member login required. Submit documents in PDF format only.

MA DESE PDP Information

For more information about MA DESE PDP requirements, see Frequently Asked Questions: Professional Development Point (PDP) Eligibility 

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