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TESOL | Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages
TESOL International Association advances the expertise of professionals who teach English to speakers of other languages in multilingual contexts worldwide. They accomplish this through professional learning, research, standards, & advocacy.
See also the Puerto Rican chapters of TESOL through the following link: http://www.prtesol.org/
Ivy Plus Puerto Rico
The Ivy Plus group of schools is made up of top universities in the United States that work together to recruit future Master’s, Ph.D. or other graduate students, with the goal of fostering diversity in higher education.
For more than 20 years, the Ivy Plus group has visited Puerto Rico annually to talk about the different graduate programs available (MA, MS, PhD, MD / PhD and other double degree programs) with young people interested in applying. Participants receive information on application processes, admission requirements, financial aid, as well as opportunities for summer research and transition programs to graduate studies. In these meetings we are joined by students from Ivy Plus universities – many of them graduates from Puerto Rico universities – to offer participants a first-hand perspective on the life of a graduate student.
The Leadership Alliance
The Leadership Alliance, founded by Brown University in 1992, is uniquely positioned to drive talent development and innovation. By identifying and supporting underrepresented scholars across the educational continuum and into professional research careers, the Alliance serves as a catalytic change to promote a diverse and competitive research workforce.
There are several types of programs within The Academic Alliance. To learn more about these opportunities click here.
The Highlights Foundation positively impacts children by amplifying the voices of storytellers who inform, educate, and inspire children to become their best selves. They offer more than 40 workshops covering a wide range of topics and offering encouragement for both beginning and published authors and illustrators. Workshops are led by children’s publishing professionals: editors, authors, art directors, publishers, agents, academics, and others who are there to help you realize your creative goals.
American Sign Language Teachers Association
ASLTA is the only national-level professional organization for American Sign Language and Deaf Studies educators. ASLTA supports the growth of the profession of ASL and Deaf Studies education through the exchange of ideas among instructors on best teaching and learning practices at local, state, and national levels. ASLTA advocates for the improved recognition of ASL as a viable language option for Deaf individuals learning ASL as a heritage language and as a world language for non-Deaf students.
American Association for Applied Linguistics
Founded in 1977, the American Association for Applied Linguistics (AAAL) is a professional organization of scholars who are interested in and actively contribute to the multi-disciplinary field of applied linguistics. AAAL members promote principled approaches to language-related concerns, including language education, acquisition and loss, bilingualism, discourse analysis, literacy, rhetoric and stylistics, language for special purposes, psycholinguistics, second and foreign language pedagogy, language assessment, and language policy and planning.
National Tutoring Association
The NTA was formed in 1992 for the purpose of establishing a membership organization for tutoring professionals. Over the past years, the purpose has expanded to promote education, specialization, and scientific research. The NTA is now the oldest and largest professional association dedicated exclusively to tutoring, and represents the interests of thousands of tutors in the U.S. and thirteen other countries, practicing in all phases of tutoring, program administration, and supplemental student services. Members represent colleges, universities, high schools, middle schools, elementary schools, school districts, literacy programs, community programs, grant supported programs, and NCLB/SES providers.
Puerto Rican Studies Association (PRSA)
The Puerto Rican Studies Association for Research Advocacy and Education, Inc. (PRSA) is a non-profit professional organization founded in White Plains, New York, in 1992. It brings together scholars, educators, public policy experts, community activists and students whose work focuses, at least partially, on Puerto Rico, Puerto Ricans in the United States, or both.
PRSA members, numbering several hundred, represent virtually all fields of research and teaching in the Humanities, Social Sciences and Arts, including Anthropology, Architecture, Art History, Demography, Economics, Educational Studies, History, Linguistics, Literature, Music, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Public Administration, Social Work, Sociology, Studio Arts, Theater and Dance, and Urban Planning, among others.
Popular Culture Association
The individuals who comprise the PCA are a group of scholars and enthusiasts who study popular culture. The Popular Culture Association (formally the Popular Culture Association / American Culture Association) is a 501c3 which offers a venue to come together and share ideas and interests about the field or about a particular subject within the field. It also provides publication opportunities and sponsors the PCA Endowment.
American Literature Association
The American Literature Association is committed to exploring the richness and diversity of American writing and welcomes all forms of scholarship. It is not limited to any specific critical methodology or dogma.
Most of the sessions are organized by the author societies that make up the American Literature Association, but an open call for papers is issued to permit an opportunity for consideration of authors and topics that are not represented by the member societies. No speakers are ever paid and there are no plenary sessions at the annual conference; instead between seven and ten panels are usually scheduled at each time slot. A welcoming reception is held at the end of the first conference day and a final celebration occurs at the end of the last session on Saturday. The ALA also sponsors a book exhibit as an important part of its annual meeting. The American Literature Association also sponsors smaller conferences, usually called symposia. These meetings involve between 30 and 150 scholars and usually focus on a genre, theme or topic.