Kennesaw State University and the Georgia Department of Education 
Title III present the 20th Annual ESOL Virtual Conference. 

Supporting the Whole Child and Teacher

March 2
Elementary Education Day

March 3
Middle Grades and Secondary Education Day

Conference Strands

  • Dual Language Immersion and Translanguaging
  • Family Engagement
  • Social-Emotional Learning
  • Supporting Teacher Wellness
  • Accelerating Literacy for Multilingual Learners
  • Cultural and Linguistic Responsiveness

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.

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