Language Acquisition Department

Overview Statement:

“School districts must ensure that students with limited English proficiency are able to participate meaningfully in school and are not denied access to equal educational opportunities. Since knowing and using English well is necessary for success in school, it is important that students who need additional help learning English get the help they need.”

- OSPI, Migrant & Bilingual Education

Washington students who are English Language Learners (ELLs) must meet state standards and develop English language proficiency. ESD 123’s Language Acquisition Department provides support to school staff as they work to meet the unique language needs of English learners. Our team collaborates with districts to offer training and coaching in data-guided decision making, standards-aligned responsive practice, and professional learning. We believe that a collaborative relationship offers additional possibilities for language acquisition and student success.

What We Offer:

District & Building Administrators:

  • Targeted data collections frameworks
  • Data analysis and best-practice recommendations
  • Systems thinking for complex situations and results-focused professional learning
  • High-leverage practices to improve teaching and learning
  • ELP standards, language acquisition, and bilingual education training
  • Learning walks and instructional feedback
  • Professional Learning Communities (PLC) support

Teachers & Para-Educators:

  • Instructional coaching and lesson demonstrations
  • Access to language acquisition resources
  • Understanding, assessing, and monitoring student assessment data
  • Crafting content and language objectives
  • ELP standards and language acquisition training
  • OCDE Project G.L.A.D. Trainings & Support
  • Supportive Mainstream & Sheltered Instruction in Common Core for primary and adolescent ELs

Want to Learn More?

Dr. Jennifer Cowgill
Language Acquisition Director
jcowgill@esd123.org
Office:  509.544.5772
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