ESOL, Title III, and Migrant Programs
English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
ESOL is the state-funded language instruction educational program for eligible English learners (ELs) in grades K-12 in Georgia public schools. ESOL language instruction is focused on developing EL students’ academic English proficiency in each content area of the Georgia Standards of Excellence (GSE). The WIDA Consortium English Language Development (ELD) Standards aligned with the GSE guide the work of ESOL teachers. Differentiated instructional practices, both in ESOL and general education classes, ensure that the language development needs of EL students are met. In ESOL language programs it is appropriate, when practicable, to use the student’s home language as a means of facilitating instruction and providing limited English-proficient (LEP) parents with school-related information.
The goal of the ESOL language instruction educational program in Buford City Schools is for EL students is to increase both English language proficiency (ELP) and academic language proficiency in content-area subject matter.
Buford City Schools serves over 500 English Learners with more than 30 languages represented. The district primarily provides language support through the ESOL program to eligible students.
Title III, Part A: Language Instruction for English Learners and Immigrant Students
Title III is a federally-funded program that provides eligible Local Education Agencies with funding to supplement services for English learners. The mission of this program includes providing support to help ensure that English learners (ELs), including immigrant children and youth, attain English proficiency and develop high levels of academic achievement in English. In addition, students are introduced to the American cultural concepts while being encouraged to value their native language and culture.
Title I, Part C Education of Migratory Children
The Education of Migratory Children is a federally funded program designed to support comprehensive educational programs for migrant children (age 3 to 21) to help reduce the educational disruption and other obstacles that result from repeated moves. For information on the qualifying process, please contact Jennifer Poole.
If you have questions regarding any of these programs, please contact:
Jennifer Poole, Director of ESOL/Title III Programs
Websites for teachers and parents:
Colorin Colorado-a bilingual site for educators and families of English language learners