Interested in Adding an ESOL Endorsement? Free Opportunity for Praxis Prep from the VDOE!


The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) is offering a FREE opportunity this November for teachers who are interested in adding an ESOL endorsement to their existing teaching license. The EducateVA ESOL Praxis Prep Workshop will be held in Harrisonburg on three consecutive Saturdays: November 5, 12 and 19. Tuition will be covered by the VDOE, and mileage will be reimbursed by the ACPS International & ESOL Program. For more information, please see the workshop flyer, and reach out to Lauren MacLean, ACPS Assistant Director of ESOL, World Languages, and Homeschool, if you plan to register. Space is limited to two participants per school division!

New Translation Solution Coming to ACPS Website on May 3

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For the past few years, ACPS has used Google Translate’s website translator widget to provide free and automatic translation of our website content. However, Google announced in 2019 that they would no longer support their website translator widget. Eventually the tool will cease to work, likely without warning.

In order to ensure that our web content is accessible to users who prefer to read text in a language other than English, ACPS has partnered with a website translation service called Weglot (pronounced Wē-glŏt). Beginning Monday, May 3, Weglot will seamlessly integrate with our website to offer translation options. Continue reading

Winter PD Opportunities: Staff Wellness, Supporting English Learners & Culturally Responsive Teaching


The following virtual professional learning opportunities are starting soon or ongoing. You can view more details on the ACPS Professional Development site and register on our internal PD Opportunities page. If you have any questions, please email Lauren Price or Jenn Sublette. Continue reading

Communicating with Multilingual Families: A Guide for Teachers & Staff

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Did you know that Albemarle County Public Schools has processes for interpreting and translating that can help staff bridge the gap with parents whose primary language is not English? Check out our Communicating with Multilingual Families: A Guide for Teachers & Staff (ACPS login required) to access helpful online resources, learn how to get started with (and pay for) interpretation and translation services, and get the help you need. Continue reading

Interpreter Training for Bilingual School Staff – April 2

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Thursday, April 2 | 8 to 10 a.m. or 4 to 6 p.m. | Northside Library

Are you a bilingual ACPS employee? Have you been trained as an interpreter? Would you benefit from a refresher?

The ESOL Office will offer an Interpreter Training for Bilingual School Staff on Thursday, April 2. Sessions will be offered from 8 to 10 a.m. and 4 to 6 p.m. in the PD Room on the 3rd Floor of the Northside Library. Please contact Linette Hillman to RSVP or ask questions: 434-296-6517, ext. 50560. Continue reading

Interpretation “Refresher” Training – Oct. 18 or 23

ACPS PDAs a continuation of our interpretation/translation training series, the ESOL Office is hosting Interpretation “Refresher” (Level 2 Training) sessions for interpreters. Being an interpreter involves a level of responsibility beyond language proficiency, and there are best practices and a code of ethics that will be reviewed and discussed during this training.

Upcoming Level 2 Training Dates:

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Summer 2019 Spanish Immersion Trip to Costa Rica; Info Session on Oct. 2

Learn Spanish in Costa RicaAre you interested in being immersed in a different culture for two weeks? Are you interested in improving your Spanish-speaking skills? Would you like to have a deeper empathy for what our English Learners experience on a daily basis? Then this trip is for you!

ACPS teachers and administrators with ANY level of Spanish proficiency are invited to partake in a two-week authentic language and cultural experience with Centro Panamericano de Idiomas (CPI), June 16-29, 2019, in Costa Rica. View a detailed itinerary »

Learn more by attending an informational session on Tuesday, October 2, at 4:30 p.m. We’ll meet in the ESOL Office located on the 3rd floor of the Northside Library at 705 Rio Road West. Continue reading

Communicating With English Learner Families: A Guide for Teachers and Staff

ESOL LogoSuppose 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

Interpretation/Translation Training – September 20 or 21

TranslateThe 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