Four times a year, I have the distinct pleasure of editing Voices, NJTESOL/NJBE's newsletter. I have expectations that all submissions will be relevant and timely; I'm almost never disappointed.
This Spring Conference Edition goes beyond my expectations as it will yours. There is so much pre-conference info that will tantalize you to register and attend if you haven't already done so. With this year's new format of dedicated academic levels spread over three days, and longer hours, there will be so much more to gain.
Remember that I always encourage you to read beyond your Special Interest Group (SIG); you employ scaffolding within your classes but you should also consider scaffolding up and down through the SIG levels. See what is coming your way as well as what is happening at another level.
Be sure to read through the Features and see what has happened in the Bilingual Code courtesy of Ken Bond, high school graduation requirement changes, and BJ Franks' testimony before the New Jersey Department of Education board members. Read how Advocacy Works! These legal bits affect us and our students from Pre-K to High School and beyond.
Check out the new website that Marilyn Pongracz has critiqued for you and her guide to the technology workshops at the conference.
Reading through all of these submissions once again reminds me of our dedicated bilingual and ESL colleagues and all the hard work you all do, though sometimes misunderstood and under-appreciated. Sandy Nahmias is our guest contributor for this issue; her article, Magdalena: Exaltation! will brighten your day and remind you of why chose your profession. Join NJTESOL/NJBE at its spring event, network, grow professionally, and become reinvigorated. It will be beyond your expectations!
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 email@example.com .