The ESOL program is a collection of services that support students’ English language development and academic achievement. The program also helps students feel comfortable in new or unfamiliar cultural situations.
The services include:
• ESOL-trained classroom teachers who give instruction to students in a way to help them understand. These teachers participate in special training workshops that address appropriate strategies and accommodations for increasing English language development and proficiency, as well as content understanding.
• ESOL Bilingual Instructional Assistants who support students and teachers at schools. Bilingual instructional assistants are available at schools that have 15 or more ESOL students who speak the same language. IAs use the students’ heritage language to help them to learn in the classroom.
• Compliance Resource Teachers who identify students eligible for ESOL services and keep schools in compliance with state and federal laws.
• ESOL Instructional Trainer Coaches who monitor students, advise and coach administrators, teachers, and ESOL instructional assistants, and keep schools in compliance with state and federal laws.
• Equal access to curriculum and special programs needed by students. Examples of these are Gifted, Advanced Placement (AP courses for college credit), International Baccalaureate (IB four-year program for college credit), Exceptional Student Education (ESE), and many others.