With the commitment to robust common planning time, the attorneys from META have agreed to increase the classroom ratio of 15 students to 20 students in light of our newly funded 2 teacher model for HILT programs. Increasing the HILT classroom ratio for SY 2016-2017 will allow for more flexibility for serving additional students while respecting the model of having two teachers providing ESL and native language content to our most vulnerable English learner population.
Join us on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day -- Monday, January 16, 2017 -- for the first series of #IAM events where a collective body of diverse sectors to join efforts, stand up against injustice and resist the ideas of any bigotry stemming from homophobia, racism, xenophobia and islamophobia particularly affecting specific groups of students in and out of schools.
The #IAM Day of Service event on MLK Day will feature leaders and experts who will lead panels addressing:
Please be advised that the December training for K0-K1 ELL Identification & Assessment has been cancelled. Detailed guidance and new dates for training and asssesment will be forthcoming.
For more information, please contact Vera Johnson or see the DESE Guidance on Identification, Assessment, Placement, and Reclassification of English Learners, page 11.
Our vision is to provide a culturally and linguistically responsive education with the supports needed to ensure equitable access to opportunities that promote language acquisition, bilingualism, biliteracy and lifelong learning.
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Dr. Frances Esparza serves as the Boston Public Schools Assistant Superintendent of the Office of English Learners. She has spent 24 years in education, having taught in bilingual classrooms, facilitated and advised EL programs, and led as a school principal. Dr. Esparza has in-depth knowledge of instruction for ELs, Standard English Learners (SELs), EL students with disabilities, EL students identified as gifted and talented, and socioeconomically disadvantaged students.
She has monitored EL compliance and categorical budgets for over 1,000 schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). Dr. Esparza has received a B.A. from the University of Southern California (USC), a Teaching Credential from California State University in Los Angeles, a School Business Management Certification from USC, an M.S. in Educational Leadership & Psychology, and an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership Administration Policy from Pepperdine University.
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