Advocacy Resources

If you have questions on how to expand your advocacy outside the classroom or would like tips on how this information can be shared with local policy leaders, please contact us at

Act 20 Literacy Bill 

Do you teach multilingual learners in Wisconsin? Please make sure to take the time to learn about Act 20 and how it will impact MLs in your classroom.Dr. Melanie Schneider, WITESOL’s Advocacy Chair, recently gave a very informative presentation on this bill and the potential impact on MLs. Check out the graphic below to find some key points.

How is WITESOL advocating for students? We co-signed a position letter with Wisconsin Association for Bilingual Education (WIABE) advocating for changes to Act 20. We also started an Advocacy Book Club this fall to discuss Staehr Fenner’s book, Advocating for English Learners. Lastly, we are planning a Legislative Day to meet with state legislators to advocate for changes in Act 20.


Advice and Resources from WITESOL Members

Our members have reached out to ask for advice and resources on various topics related to working with English learners in Wisconsin. Click on the titles below to find PDFs of the responses from our membership.

2022 TESOL Advocacy and Policy Summit Resources
  • All EL teachers, regardless of where they live, are encouraged to visit the action center and submit a policy survey, which will let TESOL about the policy issues that are impacting your work or local English learner community, so TESOL can continue to increase our advocacy efforts.
English Learners and ESSA
English Learners and ESSA: What Educators Need to Know

English Learners and WIOA 

The WIOA Resource Kit

TESOL Advocacy Action Center

Access via your smartphone via “Voter Voice” in the Google Play or Apple App store

Colorin Colorado’s Advocacy & Leadership Page