2016 Annual Conference
Equity for EL Students and Families: A Shared Responsibility!

We look forward to the opportunity to convene and collaborate on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at the 12th Annual MELLFIN Conference, "Equity for EL Students and Families: A Shared Responsibility!" MELLFIN is GROWING, and we look forward to hosting the conference at our new location-- Anne Arundel Community College in Arnold, Maryland.

We are honored to have as our keynote speaker, Mr. Mawi Asgedom, nationally recognized inspirational speaker and author of, Of Beetles and Angels: A Boy's Remarkable Journey from a Refugee Camp to Harvard. Oprah Winfrey calls him "amazing," and he has been heralded as "magnetic" by Harvard Magazine. His book will be available for sale on-site for $10 each. Complete the Pre-Order Form Here! This conference experience promises to be our best yet!

Registration is OPEN! Click here to complete the online registration form or download the form. Be sure to REGISTER Early and to share this information with colleagues. Click here, for more information about the conference

2016 MELLFIN Scholarship Awards
Winners to be announced at the Annual Conference!
This year, MELLFIN is excited to facilitate multiple MELLFIN Scholarships ($1,000 each), for graduating EL seniors in Maryland who will be pursuing higher education. The application period is now closed. For more information click here.

MELLFIN Family Engagement Award
The application period is now closed.  Thank you to everyone who submitted a nomination.  Winner will be announced at the annual conference.  For more information click here.

The Passing of Dr. John Nelson, MELLFIN Founding Member
In remembrance of Dr. John Nelson, who was one of the key professionals who coordinated conversations and collaboration among districts needing support to meet the needs of immigrant students and families in Maryland.

John was one of the seven founding members of MELLFIN in 2001, and as visionary, was instrumental in developing the mission and goals of the organization. MELLFIN is proud to continue to move forward the founding vision of the organization. Dr. John Nelson will be greatly missed by many!

Details regarding a memorial to celebrate his rich life and accomplishments will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the John Nelson Scholarship. Please make your check payable to:

USM Foundation (And write 'John Nelson Scholarship' in the Memo line)
Mail the check to:
UMBC Education Department c/0 Patty McGonigle
1000 Hilltop Circle
Baltimore, MD 21250

Watch MELLFIN Over the Years!
Celebrating Our 10th Conference Year
MELLFIN Officers and Planning Committee are deeply grateful for the turnout at the 10th Annual Conference. This would not have been possible without the support of our growing membership network. It is our goal that everyone enjoyed the sessions and were helpful in the daily efforts of supporting ELL families across Maryland. Check the conference video here! Presentation will be posted soon. 

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