ESL Instructional News

August 2017

Welcome Back!

Over the past few days, as I have been in schools and interacted with teachers and students, I am again reminded of why I love my job: teachers, students, and staff who are smiling and excited about the promise of a new school year.

We're Growing

The ESL Department is growing and we have many teachers who are new to JCPS, new to ESL, or both! We are excited to welcome each of you to our ESL family.

Resources for New Teachers

For new ESL teachers, a great place to find resources is Colorin Colorado

The Teaching Channel has a New Teacher Survival Guide with lots of great information.

Or you might want to read this article What I Wish I'd Known as a New Teacher by ElLena Aguilar

Or check out the Resources Toolkit for New Teachers on Edutopia

Advice for New Teachers: Learning to Pronounce Students' Names

If you want to get into the details, you can read this article. But I'll summarize here:

  1. Pronouncing students' names correctly matters --- a lot.
  2. If you don't know how to pronounce a student's name, just ask them. You may have to insist. "Yes. I really want to know how to say your name." This will go a long way in building a good relationship with a student.
  3. If you have lots of names to learn, be systematic. Write down the phonetic pronunciation on a card, your phone, or on a clipboard.

Free Online Professional Development Courses from Understanding Language

Starting October 3, Understanding Language at the Stanford Graduate School of Education will offer three online professional development courses sponsored by the Gates Foundation and S.H. Cowell Foundation to impact instructional practice, programs, and policy in order to create more meaningful learning experiences for language learners. There are two strands available for participants – one focused on instruction and the other on leadership.

Welcome to our New ESL Resource Teachers

At the end of the 2016-2017 school year, two of our hardworking ESL Resource Teachers, Lou Anne Hakel and Maria Scherrer retired. This year, we are happy to welcome three new ESL Elementary Resource Teachers, Amy Calisti, Darlene Groves, and Rafael Rosas Rosado. We are excited that they are part of our ESL Instructional Team.