NYS Tesol Journal — Call for Special Topic Proposals

Call for Special Topic Proposals

 The Journal welcomes proposals for special topics that are both timely and relevant to our readership. 

The topics can be drawn from research and practice across the educational contexts (PK16).  


Call opens: September 1, 2018

Call Closes: November 15, 2018

Selection process results: November  25, 2018

Schedule of special topic issues announced by December 1, 2018

 Please download the form below and email it to [email protected]



ReadConn — a comprehensive K-3 reading skills professional learning series

Posted on behalf of

Joanne R. White, Education Consultant
Connecticut State Department of Education Academic Office
(860) 713-6751

We are currently registering K-3 teachers, including special education and EL teachers, for our comprehensive K-3 reading skills professional learning series.

Teachers and school literacy leaders who participate in ReadConn will have the opportunity to:

  • develop pedagogical and content skills around K-3 literacy instruction;
  • collaborate with teammates on planning and delivering explicit instruction to address students’ needs; and
  • receive support from a professional learning community.

See below links for more information

ReadConn Letter to Superintendents


ReadConn 2017-2018.Final.May 2017


Capti — a free text to speech app

Found at the National TESOL convention: Capti, a free app that turns any text into speech.

Previously I’ve used Instapaper to save articles and then the “text to speech” option on my iPhone to have Siri read the article aloud. It works, but it’s a bit unwieldy, and definitely awkward when driving. This week, I’ve given Capti a try. While there are some features I like a bit better with Siri (slightly better word and punctuation recognition), Capti is certainly easier since its features include creating playlists, highlighting text while reading, and easily changing reading speed. Saving documents is super easy; users just choose “save to Capti” from the text on their screen (computer, table, phone…whatever). Capti syncs across devices so you can use it on multiple platforms (home pc, cell phone, tablet, etc.). Users can also easily share articles with friends through email, message, etc.

I’m adding it to our student resource list as a recommendation for speaking / listening self study. Take a look! For students who want more listening practice, but never have time, or for those who like to listen and read at the same time, it could prove very useful.