ESL Graduate Academy

Arkansas Department of Education English as a Second Language (ESL)

TO:  ESL COORDINATORS/ ESL TEACHERS/ PUBLIC SCHOOL EDUCATORS WHO WORK WITH LANGUAGE MINORITY STUDENTS (English Language Learners [ELLs] and Fluent English Proficient students [FEPs])

Please share this application with interested colleagues.

Application deadline: Thursday, April 30, 2015

Note:  Applications received after the deadline will be considered and accepted as space permits.

The Arkansas Department of Education (ADE), Programs for Language Minority Students, in partnership with Arkansas Tech University (ATU) and the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, (UAF) has planned intensive graduate instruction for educators interested in learning about teaching students with primary home languages other than English. This is a unique opportunity to acquire the training and credit needed to complete requirements for the ESL endorsement issued by ADE.

 

The ten-day Academy will focus on the areas of second language acquisition, ESL methodology, assessment of English Language Learner (ELL) students, and working with students from diverse cultures, and will focus on the application of ESL teaching skills to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS).

 

Upon successful completion of the ESL Graduate Academy, including attendance/participation in 10 face-to-face days and completed assignments for the four courses on Blackboard through Arkansas Tech University or the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville and a passing score on the ESL Praxis 5361, participants will be awarded twelve hours of graduate credit, which will meet ADE’s program requirements for the ESL endorsement.  The intensive, focused instruction and assignments of the ESL Academies (along with support from the university instructors) will provide the knowledge and skills to pass the ESL Praxis.

 

The ESL Graduate Academy will pay for all materials, registration, and college tuition expenses.  Arkansas Tech University will conduct the ESL Academies and issue the credit hours at the ATU/Russellville and Little Rock sites and the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville will conduct ESL Academies and issue the credit hours at the Springdale and Hope sites.  Other costs covered by the Academy include lodging where applicable and all food during the duration of the face-face classes.

 

The application process has two steps:

 

Teachers complete an online application to the Academy through the link provided in this announcement. The curriculum, instruction, and assessment for both universities will be identical.Applicants will have an opportunity to indicate a 1st and 2nd site choice. There is a detailed description of the dates and locations for six cohorts of participants on page three of this announcement. Each site will be limited to 80 participants. While we will try to assign applicants to the Academy closest to their homes, if space is not available at that site, applicants will be assigned to another Academy site wherever space is available. Applicants who are assigned to an alternate site will be notified via email with an opportunity to have input.
Once applicants are selected and participation confirmed, they are provided instructions for admission to their assigned university as a non-degree seeking student. The universities have made every effort to streamline admission procedures by eliminating some of the paperwork required of degree seeking students. Once admitted, the applicant becomes a participant.  An ESL Academy Facilitator common to both universities will stay in contact with applicants/participants from the beginning to the end of this process.

Participant and Academy Responsibilities:

Participants will assume all transportation expenses to and from the Academies.
The ESL Graduate Academy will assume responsibility for food at each of the Academy sites and for lodging for those participants who are not within commuting distance. Lodging for the six-day summer sessions will be available at the Hope site and the Russellville site. The Little Rock site and the Springdale site will be drive-in Academies with no lodging provided.Applicants may choose a non-lodging site regardless of the proximity to their homes if they provide their own lodging.

Acceptance to the ESL Graduate Academy will be limited. Teachers are urged to apply as early as possible. Criteria for selection will include the need for ESL services in a teacher’s school district, as reflected in the teacher’s written application, as well as the need to balance participation by geographic region of the state, district size, number of LEP/ELL enrollment, and the applicant’s role within the school. In order to qualify for consideration, applicants must be licensed and employed full-time in an Arkansas public school. They need not have been employed during the 2014-2015 school year if they have received confirmation of a contract for the 2015-2016 school year. Applicants do not need to submit a transcript as the university staff will contact school district personnel to verify current teaching license and status of employment.

To be considered for acceptance, applicants are responsible for verifying receipt of their application forms. Notification of acceptance will be made no later than May 7, 2015. This notification will include an Acceptance and Confirmation letter, which must be returned no later than May 14, 2015.  Applicants will be asked to indicate any dietary needs they have. The Acceptance and Confirmation letter may be emailed. An email coming from the participant’s personal or school email will suffice for a signature. Once the ESL Academy Facilitator receives the Acceptance and Confirmation letter, participants will be provided a link and instructions on how to get admitted to either Arkansas Tech University or the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.

 

Please keep a copy of this announcement so that you can refer to it as needed.

Once selected, confirmed, and admitted, participants must complete all requirements for ADE’s ESL endorsement.Because of the contact-hours requirement for graduate credit, participants must attend all sessions during the Academy, a six-day summer session and four weekend days – two during the fall of 2015 and two during the spring of 2016. Specific dates are reflected on page 3 of this Announcement.  In the event a weekend date that is aligned to your six-day choice is a conflict, you may be able to attend another site on a different weekend. This will be an intensive, productive, demanding ten days plus online work to equal approximately 180 hours (i.e., 45 hours per course.) There will be four modules to be completed at different intervals.

 

http://www.atu.edu/eslacademy  After submitting the online application, teachers will receive an automated e-mail reply the following business day confirming their successful submission. The ESL Academy Facilitator will provide selected applicants with a timeline of what to expect prior to the Academy date selected. There will be periodic communication sent to the applicants/participants. If any applicants do not receive an e-mail within a few days, they should contact:

 

Judy Hobson
Phone: (479) 530-2846
Email: jahobson96@gmail.com.

 

When teachers complete the application to the ESL Academy, they will be asked for a 1st and 2nd choice of dates.  If we are unable to assign a teacher’s first choice, we will try to offer the teacher their second choice to ensure that they are able to attend.

Cohort Options:

The following table shows the cohort options.  We are preparing for the maximum number of 500 participants.  We are committed to keeping our numbers at each site to 60-80. Cohort 3 (June 8-13) is being planned for in case we have more than 350 participants. If we do not have more than 350 participants, we will not offer a Cohort 3 (June 8-13).  Participants can check Cohort 3 in the event we need to conduct it, but they should be sure to check another choice.

 
Cohort Site / Location IHE Dates for 10 Days Curriculum
Cohort 1A

Russellville ATU June 15-20 All areas of the 4 courses presented by 4 national speakers and instructor of records, Dr. Ursula Chandler
Oct. 3 English language development, ELPA 21 Standards, CCSS
Oct. 4 Types of assessments and purposes for ELLs
Jan. 16 English language development, ELPA 21 Standards, CCSS
Jan. 17 ESL Praxis Review and Practice
 
Site / Location IHE Dates for 10 Days Curriculum
Hope UAF June 15-20 All areas of the 4 courses presented by 4 national speakers and instructor of records, Dr. Ursula Chandler
Sept. 12 English language development, ELPA 21 Standards, CCSS
Sept. 13 Types of assessments and purposes for ELLs
Jan. 23 English language development, ELPA 21 Standards, CCSS
Jan. 24 ESL Praxis Review and Practice
 
Site / Location IHE Dates for 10 Days Curriculum
Little Rock ATU June 22-27 All areas of the 4 courses presented by 4 national speakers and instructor of records, Dr. Ursula Chandler
Oct. 10 English language development, ELPA 21 Standards, CCSS
Oct. 18 Types of assessments and purposes for ELLs
Feb. 13 English language development, ELPA 21 Standards, CCSS
Feb. 14 ESL Praxis Review and Practice
 
Site / Location IHE Dates for 10 Days Curriculum
Springdale UAF June 22-27 All areas of the 4 courses presented by 4 national speakers and instructor of records, Dr. Ursula Chandler
Oct. 17 English language development, ELPA 21 Standards, CCSS
Oct. 18 Types of assessments and purposes for ELLs
Feb. 13 Legal Requirements and programming for ELLs
Feb. 14 ESL Praxis Review and Practice
 
Site / Location IHE Dates for 10 Days Curriculum
Little Rock ATU June 8-13 All areas of the 4 courses presented by 4 national speakers and instructor of records, Dr. Ursula Chandler
Nov. 7 English language development, ELPA 21 Standards, CCSS
Nov. 8 Types of assessments and purposes for ELLs
Feb. 27 English language development, ELPA 21 Standards, CCSS
Feb. 28 ESL Praxis Review and Practice
 
Site / Location IHE Dates for 10 Days Curriculum
Springdale UAF June 8-13 All areas of the 4 courses presented by 4 national speakers and instructor of records, Dr. Ursula Chandler
Nov. 14 English language development, ELPA 21 Standards, CCSS
Nov. 15 Types of assessments and purposes for ELLs
Mar. 5 English language development, ELPA 21 Standards, CCSS
Mar. 6 ESL Praxis Review and Practice