ESL Instructional News

May 2017

Personalizing Summer Learning through Reading

Personalizing Summer Learning Through Reading - Professional Texts

The summer will soon stretch out before us when our busy work days are replaced with more time to relax, spend time with family and friends and -- READ! Summer can be a great time to catch up on professional reading in preparation for the new school year. There are are so many professional texts out there, it's hard to know where to start. I hear so often that good teaching is good for all students, English Learners included. But English Learners have unique needs as well, so why not choose texts that address the needs of English Learners directly -- texts that are written with teachers of English Learners at the center?

Here is a list of books that will be sitting by my favorite reading chair this summer. Some are brand new, and some I am rereading:

English Language Learners and the New Standards: Developing Language, Content Knowledge, and Analytical Practices in the Classroom by Margaret Heritage, Aida Walqui, & Robert Linquanti.

Words Their Way With English Learners: Word Study for Phonics, Vocabulary, and Spelling by Lori Helman, Donald R. Bear, Shane Templeton, Marcia Invernizzi & Francine Johnsoton

Teaching Transformed: Achieving Excellence, Fairness, Inclusion, and Harmony by Roland G. Tharp, Peggy Estrada, Stephanie Stoll Dalton, and Lois A Yamauchi

Content-Area Conversations: How to Plan Discussion-Based Lessons for Diverse Language Learners by Douglas Fisher, Nancy Frey, & Carol Rothenberg

Personalizing Summer Learning Through Reading - Culturally Relevant Texts

Providing EL students with texts that are culturally relevant is important for so many reasons. When an EL student reads a book that has characters, settings, and situations that are familiar, it provides them with background knowledge that makes the text more accessible. Reading novels written by authors from their own cultural background reinforces the value of their culture. ReadWriteThink has a Cultural Relevance Rubric that can help readers assess the cultural relevance of a text with specific students and cultures in mind. Why not explore some culturally relevant texts this summer? Then when you return to teaching in the fall, use the Cultural Relevance Rubric to guide discussions with students about texts you read together.

In a recent nprED broadcast, Mayra Linares shared some Great Books to Inspire English Languagge Learners and Goodreads has an extensive list of books on its The Culturally Relevant Bookshelf. Take some time this summer to explore culturally relevant texts for yourself and your students.

ESL Summer Professional Learning

EL (English Learner) Idea Exchange

There are so many great opportunities for professional learning this summer.

The first is the English Learner (EL) Idea Exchange.

What: The EL Idea Exchange fosters communication among educators across JCPS. This event is for anyone who wants to support the needs of English Learners. Participants will exchange ideas in an informal setting to promote innovation, collaboration, and networking.

"EL Idea Exchange" will provide six hours of PD for the new academic year to all participants. Styled after the EdCamp model, this will be a large gathering of teachers sharing their strategies, and seeing what has worked for others. We will focus attention of literacy, technology, cultural competency, accommodations and trauma. For more information and to volunteer to help out, contact Donna Neary at

When: June 1, 2017 - 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Where: Iroquois High School

Earn six hours of PD Credit by registering on PD Central for session

17-1884078: EL (English Learner) Idea Exchange

Professional Learning for Bilingual Associate Instructors at the Classified Summer Institute

The ESL Department will be providing several sessions at the Classified Summer Institute which is being held at Thomas Jefferson Middle School on June 12 and 13. PD Central registration is now open for these sessions.

Session #17-1883751 K-12 ESL Bilingual Associate Instructors

Session# 17-1883726 Elementary ESL BAIs: Essential Strategies for Success

Session #17-1883733 Secondary ESL BAIs: Essential Strategies for Success

Session #17-1883752 The Tale of a LEP Student File

ESL New Teacher Induction - K-12 Session

Wednesday, Aug. 2nd, 12:30-3:30pm

1325 Bluegrass Avenue

Louisville, KY

If you are are new to teaching ESL in JCPS, this is an important session for you to attend. PD Session Code #17-1884160.

ESL New Teacher Induction - Grade Level Sessions

These sessions are for all JCPS teachers new to teaching ESL or teaching ESL at a different grade level from the previous year.

Grade level sessions will be held on August 8, 2017 at the ESL Office (Hazelwood Elementary School, 1325 Bluegrass Avenue, 40215).

Elementary Session: 8:30-11:30

Secondary Session: 12:00- 3:00

To register email with your name, the school and grade you will be teaching next year.

2017 ESL Secondary PLC Summer Kick-Off

Monday, Aug. 7th, 5-7pm

129 East River Road

Louisville, KY

All secondary (6-12) ESL teachers are invited to come to the Louisville Waterfront where you will be inspired by our beautiful city as we prepare for a new school year together.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.