ESOL Empowerment

Discover how the ESOL Program enhances ELs' learning experience and how we can support each other for greater success!

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In this section, we will be exploring VIDE's Vision for the ESOL Program!

The Virgin Islands Department of Education creates an inclusive environment for English learners that embraces their diverse cultural backgrounds and community heritage. All stakeholders, including students, parents, teachers, administrators, and community members share the responsibility to develop their linguistic, cognitive, and academic skills, using evidence-based, high-quality instructional practices that provides them with the skills and competencies to achieve their goals and aspirations to become contributing citizens prepared for college, careers, and the global economy.

Strategies to Implement High-Quality Instructional Practices for English Learners in the General Classroom

Nov. 12, 2021, 1:29 p.m.

REL NEI in collaboration with VIDE will be presenting very soon our very first series of 4 webinars. These webinars will provide guidance and support to content area teachers working with ELs. 

VIDE's ESOL Procedures Manual

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English Learner Tool Kit

<p>English Learner Tool KitThis publication is addtiional guidance for States, districts and schools and was produced by The National Center for English Language Acquisition (NCELA) under the U.S. Department of Education. This resource is essential to following obligations to federal law to ensure that English learners have equal access to high-quality education&nbsp;and achieve their academic potential.</p><p><a href="https://ncela.ed.gov/files/english_learner_toolkit/OELA_2017_ELsToolkit_508C.pdf">English Learner Tool Kit</a></p>

PLCs for Content Area Teachers

<p>This section includes a series of webinars created in collaboration with the Regional Educational Laboratory Northeast &amp; Islands (REL NEI). The series of four webinars are focused on strategies to implement high-quality instructional practices for English learners in the content area classroom. The instructional practices are beneficial for content area teachers and essential for English language learners. The webinars have been designed to align with the VIDE Vision for English learners and the practices described in the VIDE English Learner Manual. This section will also be posting ongoing professional development based on the district&#39;s needs in working with ELs.</p><p>The Series of Four Webinars Include the following topics:</p><p>Session 1 -Concurrent Content and Language Learning: Defining English Language Development:Studentslearn grade-level academic language and content simultaneouslythrough dedicated and integrated English language development (ELD).</p><p>Session 2&nbsp;- Academic Discussion and Quality Interactions:Promoting students&rsquo; practicing of academic talk provides the building blocks for deep learning.</p><p>Session 3 - Integrated, Scaffolded Instruction in Disciplinary Language and Content:Scaffolding provides instruction to students at the appropriate level to both challenge them and allow them to access learning.</p><p>Session 4&nbsp;- Formative Assessment for English Learners: Formative assessment practices allow educators to assess for learning and to adjust instruction of both language and content.</p>

Administrator and Teacher Resources

<p>Resources that will help support administrators working with ELs.</p>