Magnolia Junior High School teacher Marissa Aranda Youngblood recently attended the first half of the Southwest ESOL Institute.
Attendance at the Southwest ESOL Institute signifies a teacher’s commitment to best classroom practices for helping students acquire knowledge while developing their academic English.
The Institute is a 10-day, intense training in the field of English to speakers of other languages. Six days were completed this summer, while the other four will be completed on Saturdays throughout the 2019-2020 school year. The Institute is funded by a grant from the Arkansas Department of Education.
Teachers heard from nationally recognized speakers such as Lynda Franco, Mark Vasquez, and Keith Folse. Local teachers who are experts in their field provided real-world scenarios through demonstrations and panel discussions. Through the Institute, teachers have the opportunity to earn 12 hours of graduate credit, making them eligible to take the ESL Praxis test. Upon receiving passing scores, English as a second language can be added to a teacher’s license. The grant will be available for the 2020-2021 school year as well.