Submitted by Vicky B. Saldala, Director, ESOL Department and
Yvette Fernandez, Bilingual Parent Outreach Specialist
Broward County Public Schools is proud to serve an incredibly diverse student population. Students learning English as a second language represent 205 counties, with 134 languages spoken (Spanish, Haitian Creole and Portuguese are the top three). There are approximately 36,000 English Language Learners (ELL) enrolled in schools across the District, accounting for 14% of the total BCPS student population.
The English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Department is always looking for new ways to help teachers, administrators and support staff to best meet the needs of our ELL students and families. In partnership with the Office of School Performance and Accountability, the ESOL Department has created new resources packed with valuable tips and information, including a video presentation and Customer Service Quick Tips Flier.
Research has found that engaged and knowledgeable parents impact the academic success, as well as the college and career readiness, of our diverse student population. Being immersed in such an exciting cultural collage is a benefit to all of our students who will eventually work in a diverse and global economy.
For additional information on ELL resources, please visit the ESOL Department at esol.browardschools.com.