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An address for the UMBC Public Policy Forum "Students at Risk: Helping Latin American Immigrant Youth Succeed." Baltimore World Trade Center October 23, 2009 Karen C. Woodson, Ph.D. Director, Division of ESOL/Bilingual Programs Montgomery County Public Schools.

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understanding latin american esol students in the montgomery county public schools

An address for the UMBC Public Policy Forum

"Students at Risk: Helping Latin American

Immigrant Youth Succeed."

Baltimore World Trade Center

October 23, 2009

Karen C. Woodson, Ph.D.

Director, Division of ESOL/Bilingual Programs

Montgomery County Public Schools

Understanding Latin American ESOL students in the Montgomery County Public Schools

mcps esol demographics
MCPS ESOL Demographics
  • 17,388 ESOL students
  • MCPS ESOL students speak 126 different languages
  • Top six languages spoken by MCPS ESOL students

SPANISH 61.4 percent

FRENCH 5.2 percent

CHINESE 5.0 percent

VIETNAMESE 3.5 percent

AMHARIC 3.4 percent

KOREAN 2.0 percent

mcps esol demographics cont d
MCPS ESOL Demographics (cont’d)
  • MCPS ESOL students come from 159 different countries
  • Top six countries of origin for MCPS ESOL students

UNITED STATES 60.7 percent

EL SALVADOR 9.2 percent

ETHIOPIA 2.1 percent

HONDURAS 1.5 percent

GUATEMALA 1.5 percent

PERU 1.5 percent

challenges confronting mcps latino immigrant esol students
Challenges confronting MCPS Latino immigrant ESOL Students
  • Learning academic English and academic content simultaneously
  • Satisfying Maryland graduation requirements
  • Meeting family reunification challenges
  • Enrolling with limited/interrupted formal education
  • Navigating the school system
  • Acculturation
cornerstones of the division of esol bilingual programs
Cornerstones of the Division of ESOL/Bilingual Programs

ESOL Curriculum, Instruction, Assessment and Reporting

ACCOUNTABILITY

ACCOUNTABILITY

ESOL STUDENTS

ESOL Parent Involvement

ESOL Counseling

ACCOUNTABILITY

how does mcps help esol students learn english
How does MCPS help ESOL students learn English?

The goal of ESOL instruction is to enable students to acquire English as a new language so that they are able to:

  • achieve academically
  • participate successfully in school and classroom settings
  • adjust socially to school and U.S. culture
how does mcps meet the needs of the parents of esol students
How does MCPS meet the needs of the parents of ESOL students?
  • Multilingual ESOL Parent Outreach Team
    • Provides individual support to ESOL parents as referred by schools to address a range of challenges
    • Provides workshops on navigating MCPS (e.g., Parent Resource Training offered in Spanish to Latino ESOL families)
    • Provides services in English and eight additional languages
      • Spanish, Chinese, French, Korean, Vietnamese, Amharic, Portuguese, and Arabic
how does mcps communicate with families who do not speak english
How does MCPS communicate with families who do not speak English?
  • MCPS Language Assistance Services Unit
    • Provides professional translation services to schools and offices to ensure the communication of information critical to health, safety, & academic achievement
    • Coordinates the provision of interpreters
    • Provides simultaneous interpretation services for large scale events, such as community forums and high school graduations
how does mcps remove barriers to learning for esol students
How does MCPS remove barriers to learning for ESOL students?
  • Multilingual ESOL counseling team
    • Provides individual and group counseling sessions on a range of issues specific to ESOL students
      • Acculturation
      • Family reunification issues
      • Academics
      • Behavior
      • Attendance
      • Conflict resolution
contacts for the division of esol bilingual programs
Contacts for the Division of ESOL/Bilingual Programs
  • General Information

Dr. Karen C. Woodson, Director Karen_C_Woodson@mcpsmd.org

  • ESOL Instruction

Mrs. Sonja Bloetner, Supervisor of ESOL Instruction Sonja_M_Bloetner@mcpsmd.org

  • ESOL Parent Outreach & Counseling

Ms. Vicki Medina, ESOL Coordinator Vicki_Medina@mcpsmd.org