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Multi-lingual Students Connecting with Schoology

Federal Programs/ESOL is trying to meet the needs of our ever-expanding, multi-lingual community by providing a forum via the internet where international students can chat about their challenging experiences in a safe atmosphere. We are using Schoology and have initiated a group where international students create a profile using the flag of their country of origin and share their thoughts with one another in schools across the county. Their parents can view the exchanges, and some have even teamed up to host socials promoting continued conversations finding commonalities and realizing that they are not alone. The goal is to help students transition to their new environment and provide as much support as possible.

Special ESOL Class at Creekside High School

Federal Programs is excited to spotlight a special ESOL class at Creekside High School. We have 23 international students sharing a classroom where they are learning not only English but new customs and traditions in their recently adopted country.

Students come from as far as Ethiopia and Thailand; other students are from Brazil, Honduras, Venezuela, China and Albania. Ms. Cassandra Oborne is the patient facilitator who introduces them to lessons on grammar and culture as well as affording them a safe and nurturing climate as they adapt to their new home. Federal Programs is happy to provide support to such a wonderful group.

New ESOL Teachers and Hispanic Character Camp

Federal Programs is excited to have two new traveling ESOL teachers this year who will coach teachers, counselors and work with the students in small groups to help meet their needs. The district continues to offer Rosetta Stone for beginners while supplementing with an innovative language and literacy software called Imagine Learning with instruction focusing on building academic vocabulary.

This software provides one-on-one tutorials and detailed reports to help general education teachers utilize as grades. Also, the Federal Programs Department is again collaborating with Flagler College and the Collaborative Online Mentoring Program for English Learners (COMPEL) Program where we connect one of our ELLs to an education intern as they share in an online lesson via Zoom.

Federal Programs was also thrilled to be a part of promoting a first-ever Hispanic Character Camp this past July sponsored by the Jacksonville Jaguars. Students from three counties gathered and shared in football-oriented activities, learned about CHARACTER COUNTS!, met football players, received a t-shirt, lunch and two tickets to a Jaguars pre-season game. All had fun, and it was definitely an experience to remember.