Suppose one of your students has been coming to school late and her grades are starting to slip. You call home to discuss with the parent, but it is clear that the woman who answers the phone speaks a language other than English. You hang up and wonder how you can best engage with your student’s family. Then you remember that Albemarle County Public Schools has a number of protocols and resources in place to help bridge the school-to-home gap! Continue reading
The ESOL Office is offering its annual Interpretation/Translation Training to all teachers, teaching assistants, office associates, and any other school personnel who interpret in another language as part of their job duties. Past participants have reported that the brief training enhanced their skills in communicating with families. There are three options for this training: Continue reading
Teachers: Interested in learning more about working with English Learners? Check out these opportunities: Teaching English Learners and Students with Learning Difficulties in the Inclusive Classroom, Sep. 26-27; Introduction to Culturally & Linguistically Diverse Learners, Aug. 29 – Dec. 12; and Differentiated Instruction for English Language Across the Curriculum, Sep. 5 – Dec. 11. Continue reading
In response to the volume of questions and concerns received about issues related to immigration, Albemarle County has compiled a brochure outlining the County’s current policies and practices as they relate to immigration status: Factual Information Related to Immigration Status, Services, and Enforcement in Albemarle County. In an effort to ensure wide accessibility, these materials are being translated into Spanish and Arabic, and translated versions will be available at the same link when complete.
The International & ESOL office has officially moved to its new location at the Northside Library! The International & ESOL Welcome Center welcomes new international families to our schools and programs, registers families for school, provides language interpreters and translation services, and facilitates professional learning. You can assist us with spreading the word about our new location by sharing this flyer with families who come in contact with or ask about our office. We always recommend that families call our Welcome Center (434-296-6517) prior to dropping by, since staff may be out at schools or assisting other families.
The ESOL Office is excited to offer a special one-hour training to comply with state and federal guidelines to ACPS employees who wish to support ESOL families through occasional interpretation and/or translation during the school day. Interested staff members should contact Elaine Cecelski-Ayala, Family Engagement Liason, about scheduling and receiving payment for the training (firstname.lastname@example.org or 434-973-7921 | 434-465-0776).
Questions about interpretation and/or translation? Please call the ESOL Office at 434-296-6517 or contact Elaine.
View a more current version of this information:
Communicating With English Learner Families: A Guide for Teachers and Staff (March 8, 2018)
Suppose one of your students has been coming to school late and her grades are starting to slip. You call home to discuss with the parent, but it’s clear that the woman who answers the phone doesn’t understand English. You hang up and wonder how you can communicate better with your student’s family.
Did you know that Albemarle County Public Schools has an interpreting and translating system that can help staff bridge the gap with limited English speaking parents? Continue reading