Kennesaw State University and the Georgia Department of Education 
Title III present the 19th Annual ESOL Virtual Conference. 


May 12th – Elementary Day
May 13th – Middle School and High School day



Title of 2021 ESOL Conference  

Supporting the Whole Child in the New Normal: Lessons Learned and Next Steps for Multilingual Learners

Conference Speakers

May 12
Hector Ramirez
José Viana
David Jaimes

May 13
Maria Estela Brisk
Paula Mellom

Conference Strands

  • Dual Language Immersion and Translanguaging
  • Family Engagement
  • Social-Emotional Learning
  • Cultural Responsiveness
  • Pedagogy for Digital and Hybrid Learners
  • Achieving Equity for Multilingual Learners

What is the ESOL Language Program in Georgia?

English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) is the core OCR-required language instruction program for eligible English learners (ELs) in grades K-12 in Georgia public schools (State Board of Education Rule 160-4-5-.02). Statewide standardized EL entrance and exit procedures guide school systems in the initial and continuing EL identification process, using WIDA grade-level appropriate English language proficiency (ELP) screeners and annual assessments. In state funded ESOL courses, ESOL language instruction is focused on developing the academic ELP students need to be successful in the content of Georgia Standards of Excellence (GSE) and to participate meaningfully in school. Therefore, ESOL classes must address the WIDA English language development (ELD) standards as aligned with the GSE. Successful ESOL language programs encourage educator collaboration and shared accountability for the success of all EL students.