Schoolwide Plan for Increasing Academic Achievement for our English Learners
The presentation will showcase how one urban elementary school addressed the urgent challenge of meeting the needs of its ELs by focusing on effective practices of instruction and ongoing PL. The shift of support for the school with over 65% ELs was to provide a framework for teaching and learning modeled after the SIOP strategies aimed at increasing oral proficiency and interaction. The session will show how the school leadership followed a logic model approach to address the needs of the students by using data from the ACCESS for ELLs assessment and academic achievement assessments from the state. The school conducted the weekly PL sessions before school in setting goals and improving instruction. Each Friday, a brief hands-on lesson was provided to the teachers that followed the strategies of the SIOP model. Teachers examined their current students’ data and were able to set reasonable goals for language growth.
Sean Bagley is an ESOL Consultant for Cobb County that serves over 14,000 ELs. Sean is a twenty year veteran with a BA in English, MEd in English Ed, EdS in Teacher Leadership, and an EdD in School Improvement.
Rosalie Wichterman is the Lead ESOL teacher at Fair Oaks ES, leading a team of 9 and serving over 600 EL students. She received her MEd in TESOL from Kennesaw State University. Currently, she is a doctorate student at Walden University pursuing an EdD in Reading, Literacy & Assessment.
Dean Yoder is the proud principal of THE Fair Oaks Elementary. Through his career, he has been an AP at all levels. In 2018, he was honored by Kennesaw State as one of seven to be inducted into The Bagwell College Hall of Fame. In 2013, he was the recipient of a KSU Distinguished Alumni Award.