ESOL: English to Speakers of Other Languages
Welcome to the English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Program
The ESOL program communicates the needs of English Learners (ELs) to all stakeholders involved in their education and monitors adherence to state and federal guidelines. In addition, we diligently implement a Common Core Georgia Performance Standards and WIDA standards-based curriculum designed for attainment of English language proficiency while integrating content. The program also provides access to resources and facilitates communication to allow parents and families of English Learners to play an active role in their child’s education.
ESOL Community Outreach
Quarterly community meetings will be held for parents of English Learners throughout the district. During these sessions, parents and families will learn about translation and interpretion services and be encouraged to take an active role in the learning process. All schools will receive information on the time and location of these meetings. Interpreters will be available.
ESOL Endorsement Course
The 2013-2014 ESOL Endorsement Program will be offered for certified APS teachers. Classes will be held October through May. Information regarding these courses will posted in MyPLC when finalized.
District-Wide ESOL Training
Throughout the year, all schools will be required to participate in web-based professional learning sessions concerning the education of English Learners. Topics covered will include monitoring students who have exited the program, incorporating WIDA standards, interpreting ACCESS scores and Title AMAOs, and understanding policies and regulations related to ELs. Dates will announced once the schedule is finalized.
ESOL Professional Learning Community
All ESOL teachers will participate in quarterly PLC meetings. The goal of these sessions is to provide an opportunity for vertical planning, analyze student data and share best practices.