05-25-2010 Special School Board Meeting
Agenda Item #53


Title
Brevard County ESOL Endorsement Program

Discussion

In support of our schools, the Office of Certification and Professional Development offers to teachers and administrators an inservice program to meet training and certification requirements for English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL).  English, Reading, and elementary teachers must acquire certification in ESOL under their DOE timeline if they continuously have English Language Learners (ELLs) in their classes.  Math, social studies, science, and computer teachers must take training in 60 hours of ESOL if they have an ELL.  Other teachers must take training in 18 hours of ESOL if they have an ELL.  School-based administrators must take training in 60 hours of ESOL within three years of appointment.

The ESOL Endorsement Program includes five 60-credit ESOL courses; teachers who need certification in ESOL can take all five courses and apply for the endorsement, or they can choose two of the ESOL courses and also pass the Subject Area Exam in ESOL and apply for the coverage.  Teachers who need 60 hours of training rather than certification can select any of the 60-credit courses if they need 60 credits; teachers who need 18 hours of training can take the "ESOL 18" training on any District Professional Development Day, when it is always offered.

Dr. Pat Shelton and her office staff  in Certification and Professional Development manage the ESOL training programs.  With a growing number of ELLs in the district, we have much interest in the ESOL courses, all of which are free to BPS teachers.  We offer both face to face and online courses in ESOL; each of the five ESOL Endorsement Program courses is offered every term.  For the 2009-10 school year we have provided more than 50 sections of ESOL training.  The loss of many National Board Mentors starting in 2008-09, many of whom were trained as ESOL trainers and who could then offer the courses at their own schools, has caused fewer and more centralized offerings in the past two years.  We continue to support the ESOL program through district professional development funds and some Title II funding.  Our goal is to ensure that every current and future ELL has easy access to trained personnel in order to serve every student with excellence as the standard.

The ESOL Endorsement Program is attached.



Recommendation
Review the Brevard County ESOL Endorsement Program and approve submission to the Florida Dept. of Education for their review and approval.

Meeting Date(s)
Information - 5/25/2010
Consent after Information6/15/2010

Authority for Action
F.S. 1012.01; F.S. 1012.55

Involves Expenditure of Funds Directly in the Classroom
No

Source of Funding
Agenda Item will not Require the Expenditure of Funds

FY
Amount
Budgeted
Fund
Cost Center
Project
Function
Object
Program

Contact
Lee Berry, Deputy Supt; Dr. Pat Shelton, Director Certification and Professional Development


Attachment:  Endorsement Program ESOL 2005-2010.pdf