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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.

    Title III, Part A – Language Instruction for English Learners and Immigrant Students

    Title III, Part A is a part of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).  This formula grant program is designed to improve the education of English Leaners (ELs). Title III funds may be used to provide supplemental services that improve the English language proficiency and academic achievement of identified ELs and immigrant students. All services provided using Title III funds must supplement, and not supplant, the services that must be provided under the Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Equal Educational Opportunities Act of 1974 (EEOA), and other requirements, including those under state or local laws. Title III funds are used to provide evidence-based, supplemental resources and programs to support identified ELs and immigrant students, develop staff, and engage EL and immigrant families. As Title III, Part A is supplemental to the APS ESOL program, it is administered by the Office of ESOL & World Languages.



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


    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 and immigrant students.  


    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 2020 - 2021
    All sessions awill be virttual. ESOL PLC sessions are mandatory and all APS ESOL teachers and APS Charter/Partner School ESOL Teachers should plan to attend.

    Weeks of August 3rd and  10th - ESOL Teacher Beginning of Year Preplanning Session (All ESOL teachers must attend a 2 hour session) - Times and dates in MyPLC.)

    Week of August 10th: Optional Technology Sessions (Zoom, FlipGrid, and Nearpod) - Times and dates in MyPLC.

    Week of August 17th: Title III Supplemental Supports Training (Lexia and DreamBox) - Times and dates in MyPLC.

    Week of September 21st: ESOL PLC - ESOL FTE and Student Reporting Requirements - (All ESOL teachers must attend a 2 hour session) - Times and dates in MyPLC.

    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 and partner school teachers who wish to add the endorsement to their existing Georgia teaching certificate. Announcements regarding the 2019 - 2020 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.
    Schools may request PL sessions and workshops throughout the year. Please contact Dr. Margaret McKenzie for more information.
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