Advocacy – support for those that cannot advocate for themselves

Supporting Teachers of Additional Language Learners

As the year rapidly comes to a close and school/district budgets are being finalized, it seems that once again ELLs and their support network of teachers and other trained support staff are being ignored when they cry out for those that cannot advocate for themselves. While those in the urban centres have a wide range of challenges, consider how even a trained ESL Support teacher would cope in a wide-flung rural district. Here is a letter that tells the story. The teacher asks you consider sharing your own challenges and successes. If you have a story to tell, respond to this posting.

Good afternoon and happy spring to you all,

I am writing to express my concerns about the potential loss of the ELL (formerly ESL) program – the only secondary ELL program in our school district. It is my responsibility and privilege, as District ELL Resource Teacher, to advocate…

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