Official says Providence boosting ESL training for teachers

September 18, 2018

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Providence School Department’s superintendent says the city will boost English as a Second Language training for all city elementary teachers.

Superintendent Christopher Maher says the city will provide professional development in ESL during teachers’ common planning time. The Providence Journal reports that state Education Commissioner Ken Wagner has also proposed a fast-track program to help endorse more teachers to teach ESL classes.

Maher says nearly every teacher in the Providence schools should be trained in ESL instruction, especially in the early grades.

Last month, the U.S. Department of Justice sharply criticized the public school system for failing to provide adequate services to English language learners. Officials agreed to make sweeping changes to services and identifying students in need as part of a settlement.

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