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Semester Off to a Strong Start: Making Connections

We were fortunate to have Karen Goyette (Director of ESOL Program Hudson School District, Adjunct Faculty Plymouth State University, New Hampshire rep Northern New England TESOL) come speak to our group about Title III and WIDA standards and assessments. She provided us with a great deal of valuable information, clarified how it all relates to each other (“Yes–it is all related!”), and is a tremendous resource. It was also positive to find out that 34 of you have reached out to an ESOL teacher as a result of this program. Keep making those connections and share them when you can. In addition to Karen, we have so many other great resources in our communities. If you need help finding them, let us know. Feel free to comment to give us your own reactions to Karen’s presentation–we’d love to hear what you took away from the meeting.

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5 Comments

  1. DebbieG says:

    I liked getting information about the structure of the state ESOL program and what an actual test looks like. I can see how difficult it would be for a child who is new to this country to pass the test, especially the writing portion.

  2. NatalieL says:

    I agree with DebbieG. Our team thought that it was a tough test for students whose first language is English! It seems a bit unfair.
    I also appreciated hearing about the ins and outs of Title 3. $169 per pupil doesn’t seem like much.

  3. Carmen Kosow says:

    I enjoyed the presentation Karen made and learning about Title III, ESOL and the assessment process, especially how it relates to us in Nashua. As a preschool teacher I am looking forward to the new adventure of how this all will apply to the younger population.
    Our team worked with the W-APT for Kindergarten/1st grade. We were very surprised to the level of difficulty and the amount of reading required. We felt there are native English speaking students, of the same age, which would not pass the test. Very interesting needless to say.

  4. Paula Papanicolaou says:

    Yes, it was an informative overview and I now have a better understanding of how students are identified and then can qualify to receive services. It was also very helpful to be able to look over the test. As we viewed it through the eyes of a child, we could see that it could be very challenging to complete.

  5. Lorna Spargo says:

    As a teacher, you can see the challenges in ESOL student’s eyes when they are listening to your words and trying to apply the vocabulary to the lesson. There are so many new and exciting ways to help students make connections from their L1 to L2 when applying the lesson strategies.

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