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    Welcome to the English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Program!
     
     The ESOL program of Atlanta Public Schools is committed to meeting the needs of English Learners (ELs) and their families. ESOL is a federally-mandated instructional program for eligible students in grade K - 12 (Georgia School Law Code 1981, 20-2-156, 1985).
     
     
    The APS ESOL program is standards-based program emphasizing academic and social language development. ESOL coursework is based upon WIDA Consortium English Language Development Standards while simultaneously integrating grade appropriate content standards to ensure that all ELs are successful. The ESOL program also provides access to resources and facilitates communication between the school district and home to allow parents and families of English Learners to play an active role in their child’s education.
     

    Vision

    A high performing school district in which all English Learners are successful, limited English families engage, and the community values linguistic and cultural diversity.

    Mission

    In a caring culture of trust and collaboration every APS English Learner will graduate ready for college and career. 

    Program Goals

    The English to Speakers of Other Languages Program of Atlanta Public Schools fosters inclusive schools and classrooms that are responsive to  the linguistic and cultural needs of English Learners and their families. The APS ESOL Program provides English Learners with support and instruction in the English language, American culture, and academic and cognitive areas in order to ensure success in the mainstream classroom, school, and the community. The goals of the program are as follows:

    1.     To develop competency in English in all four domains of language: listening, speaking, reading and writing;

    2.     To integrate language, cognitive and academic instruction that enables students to develop English language proficiency and content area knowledge;

    3.     To support the curriculum based on the Georgia Standards of Excellence while emphasizing social and academic language proficiency;

    4.     To orient students and parents to the American culture and enable them to participate successfully in school and community life;

    5.     To ensure grade-level appropriate content for all ELs regardless of English proficiency level;

    6.     To ensure that all staff in the district assume responsibility for the acculturation and instruction of ELs.  

     

    Are you interested in becoming an APS ESOL Teacher?                                                                        

    APS is always looking for master educators who believe in the potential of our English Learner students and are committed to making a difference in their lives.

    APS ESOL Certification Requirements

    Elementary Level ESOL: Early Childhood and ESOL Endorsement/Certification

    Middle School Level ESOL: Middle Grades Core Content or 6 - 12 Core Content and ESOL Endorsement/Certification

    High School Languages: 6 - 12 Core Content and ESOL Endorsement/Certification

    If you are interested in finding out more about opportunities in APS ESOL, contact Dr. Margaret McKenzie at mamckenzie@atlanta.k12.ga.us

    Upcoming Events                                                                                                                                    
     
     
    APS ESOL PLC Dates 2018 - 2019
     
    All sessions are held at the Campbell Building from 8:00 - 4:00 unless otherwise indicated. ESOL PLC sessions are mandatory and all APS ESOL teachers and APS Charter School ESOL Teachers and/or Contacts should plan to attend.

    July 24 and 25, 2018 - ESOL Teacher Boot Camp

    August 30, 2018 - Building EL Excellence with Tanya Ward Singer

    Additional dates in September, January and May are TBA in the coming weeks.

     
     
    Additional Professional Learning                                                                                                             
     
    ESOL Endorsement Program
    The ESOL Endorsement Program is a three course, 150 seat hour program approved by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission and offered under the supervision of MetroRESA. The APS ESOL Endorsement Program is a cohort model program for certified APS teachers and APS charter school teacher who wish to add the endorsement to their existing Georgia teaching certificate. Announcements regarding the 2018 - 2019 are sent via email to all APS teachers. Interested teachers must attend one of the ESOL Endorsement Interest meetings and then submit a completed application to the Office of ESOL & World Languages.
     
    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,  student data analysis, sharing of program information and best practices. See dates listed above.
     
     
    Professional Learning Workshops
    ESOL workshops will be provided for ESOL and regular education teachers throughout the year. Information will be posted in myPLC.
     
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