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Educators play a critical role in improving the lives of their students, and this is especially true for educators for the TESOL field in the United States. With an increasingly diverse student population and a changing educational paradigm that has a greater emphasis on academic proficiency, the expertise of the TESOL field in the U.S. is needed now more than ever. However, despite these changing conditions, the needs of English learners and the knowledge and expertise of the TESOL field remains in many cases under the radar.
Whether it’s advocating for their students, their programs, or themselves, the need for action by TESOL educators is clear. To be most effective, educators must seek out ways to shape the policies that impact their programs, their jobs, and their students’ lives.