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LETTER FROM THE CHAIR
Comfort Davis Mingot, Chair, Social Responsibility Interest Section
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REVIVING AGAINST ALL ODDS-A LETTER FROM THE EDITOR
Nicole J. Sealey, Newsletter Editor, Social Responsibility Interest Section
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LOOKING BACK - A LETTER TO SRIS MEMBERS
Earlene Gentry, Past Chair, SRIS, 2010-2012
A few thoughts for SRIS Members… Read More
ARTICLES
IN THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS, MARYLAND VOTERS SAID IT MATTERS
Anne Marie Foerster Luu, Montgomery County Public Schools, Rockville, Maryland, USA

Issues of social justice and education intersect as educators in Maryland foster students’ understanding of “the pursuit of happiness” and “equality.” On November 6, 2012, Maryland voters said “Yay” to the Maryland DREAM Act and “Yay” to marriage equality. Read More

LAU V. NICHOLS
Abiola A. Farinde, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, NC, USA

This article reviews the landmark Supreme Court case Lau v. Nichols. Although Lau opposed the educational structure, demanding equity for all students, it is posited that the goal of Lau has not been met. Urban schools are called to do more by challenging an English-only approach and supporting language inclusion. Read More

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP IN HAITI
Comfort Davis Mingot, Chair, Social Responsibility Interest Section, Haiti

On September 21–22, 2012, MATE-TESOL HAITI held a regional Professional Development Workshop in Miragoane, Haiti. The workshop theme was “Where the Ginkgo Tree Grows: Planting Seeds for Curricular Innovation in English Language Teaching.” The workshop was facilitated by Shelley Wong, Comfort Davis Mingot, and Sabino Morla with 27 attendees. Read More

TEACH THEM MORE
Jacqueline Leigh, Sentinel English Language Institute, Freetown, Sierra Leone

The author explains how the ideas of Lisa D. Delpit, which address teaching urban minority populations effectively in the United States, relate to her own work teaching writing in Sierra Leone. Read More

OPENING THE DOOR AND WALKING THROUGH TOGETHER: HOW STUDENTS HELPED ME EXPAND MY OWN UNDERSTANDING OF RESPECT
Jeanne Malcolm, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, NC, USA

Population dynamics in many intensive English programs have experienced a demographic shift. Although it is common to see populations come and go in these programs, leaving the profession to raise a family means the world goes on without you. I realized I needed to catch up. Read More

THE POWER OF MY FIRST TESOL CONVENTION EXPERIENCE
Yvenie Massolas, College Nerija de Mahotiere, Haiti

Upon receiving a sponsorship to attend her first TESOL convention last year, Yvenie Massolas reflects on how powerfully the experience affected her as a teacher of English. Read More

IN MEMORY OF PROFESSOR CHARLES HANCOCK (1940-2012)
Shelley Wong, George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia, USA

On October 29, 2012, the field of TESOL/FSLED lost a great champion. This essay is a tribute to Dr. Charles R. Hancock (1940–2012). He was a compassionate, gifted language learner and teacher of languages who linked the teaching of World Languages to racial and economic justice and social responsibility. Read More

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ILGBTF FORUM NEWS
Krista Bittenbender Royal, University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida, USA

The ILGBTF (International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, and Friends) Forum is alive and well. Read on for news about the forum’s sessions at the 2013 TESOL convention. Read More

PEACEFUL IDEAS FOR YOUR STUDENTS
Kim Hallback, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, USA; Soka University of America, Aliso Viejo, California, USA

Maya Angelou stated, “The fact that people become heroes and sheroes can be credited to their ability to identify and empathize with ‘the other.’” This article presents activities to help students empathize with others via stories, websites, and peacemakers. Read More

SRIS PRESENTATIONS AT TESOL 2013 IN DALLAS
Nicole J. Sealey, Editor, SRIS Newsletter

Be sure to check out the SRIS presentations at TESOL 2013 in Dallas! Check here to see the list of presentation topics, presenters, dates, and times. Tweet us @TESOL_Assn #SRIS on Twitter.com during the conference and tell us what you think of the sessions. The best tweets will appear in the upcoming newsletter. Read More

ABOUT THIS COMMUNITY
INTEREST INTERSECTION MEETINGS AT TESOL 2013 IN DALLAS

Please note these important dates and times for the upcoming conference in Dallas! Read More

HISTORY OF SRIS: GETTING STARTED IN SOCIAL REPONSIBILITY IN EGYPT
Earlene Gentry, Retired, Fulbright Commission, Egypt

Earlene Gentry describes her experience in getting started in social responsibility. Read More

SRIS LOSES THOMAS JOSEPH SCHROEDER
Nicole J. Sealey, Editor, SRIS Newsletter

On November 17, 2012, SRIS lost one of its original founders, Dr. Thomas Joseph Schroeder. Portions of his obituary (reprinted with permission) are shared with SRIS members. Read More

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