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School District Highlights Expanded EL Positions and Immigration Services

Dr. William Hite, Superintendent of The School District of Philadelphia, joined City Council leaders and Immigrant Student Advocates at Woodrow Wilson Middle School to celebrate expanded English learner positions and immigration services in District schools. “Diversity is our strength,” Dr. William Hite said. “We will always celebrate the differences of our young people and their…

Bilingual and ESOL Teachers Among 2017 Lindback Award Winners

Congratulations to Sonia Adams, bilingual teacher at McClure Elementary; Julia McComie, ESOL teacher at Franklin Learning Center; Tiffany Lorch, ESOL teacher at Furness High School; and Elsie Camp, ESOL teacher at Penn Alexander Elementary for receiving the 2017 Lindback Award! The 2017 awards, open for the first time to teachers in elementary and middle schools…

For One Philly School, Small Donation Makes A Big Impact

Jodi Hanauer, ESOL teacher at Juniata Park Academy wrote a grant proposal for $2,696 to secure the school’s basketball hoop. Hanauer, a 13-year educator who teaches English to speakers of other languages, is a veteran grant writer who is always on the lookout for ways to fill in gaps for her students. In addition to…

3 Basic Approaches to Teaching English & the Newcomer Learning Academy

Decades of research point to three basic instructional models:English as a Second Language, sheltered instruction and dual-language model. The School District of Philadelphia’s Newcomer Learning Academy, “is really the only option for teenagers who know little or no English,” where students generally spend six months to a year and then transfer to a regular school….

How Schools Teach English Amid Other Lessons

Posted on October 21, 2016
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In Philadelphia, some schools take a bilingual approach, including these elementary schools: Southwark in South Philadelphia; Cayuga and Alexander McClure in Hunting Park; Lewis Elkin in Kensington; Muñoz-Marin and Bayard Taylor in North Philadelphia; and Independence Charter School in Center City. An option for older students is to receive intensive instruction at the Newcomer Learning…

Cultural Acceptance Is the Norm

At Northeast High School, half the student body have been English learners at some point in their education. The Notebook Article on Cultural Acceptance

Success in Expansion of Bilingual Education Programs

In the dual language programs at Southwark, Cayuga, Elkin, McClure, Muñoz Marín, and Taylor, native speakers of Spanish and native speakers of English learn together. Al Día Article on Dual Language in Philadelphia

Special Registration and Assessment for Students Who Speak a Language Other than English

Any student that speaks a language other than English is welcome to seek assistance with registering and evaluation: Families will be given support to complete the new student registration process at the MAC. Non-English speakers can register at Philly school district