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STATEMENT OF ADVOCACY: Call for the Georgia Professional Standards Commission to Require ESOL Preparation Courses for all Georgia Certified Teachers

STATEMENT OF ADVOCACY: Call for the Georgia Professional Standards Commission to Require ESOL Preparation Courses for all Georgia Certified Teachers

WE ASK:

GATESOL, LCF Georgia, GALAS, and GALEO join together to urge the Georgia Professional Standards Commission to acknowledge that all K-12 teacher preparation programs should require ESOL courses, including cultural and linguistic knowledge and methods that reflect current research and best practices in teaching multilingual learners.

WE BELIEVE:

WE ACKNOWLEDGE:

  • Georgia’s educational history tells a story of students from a variety of backgrounds facing In October of 2020 three federal cases were under investigation for discrimination of multilingual learners in Georgia. Stephen Owens airms, “Any argument that ELs are not receiving the resources they need to have equal opportunities would be backed up by history, current litigation and student test scores.”
  • A S. Department of Justice finding that Massachusetts was violating the civil rights of students by failing to ensure that their teachers are adequately trained to teach multilingual learners forced the state to put guidelines in place to address this problem. Core academic teachers of multilingual learners, principals, assistant principals, supervisors, and directors who evaluate those teachers must now all obtain training and licensure requirements for the Sheltered English Immersion Endorsement.
  • Many states join with Massachusetts in setting minimum requirements for ESOL preparation courses for teacher certification in order to both protect the educational rights of multilingual learners and to airm a commitment to address the persistent gap in academic proficiency experienced by multilingual learners. States that require this (at least for any classroom with multilingual learners) include: Alabama, Alaska, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.

We acknowledge Georgia Professional Standards Commission’s dedication to high standards and to ensuring that Georgia certified teachers are well prepared for the challenges they face in the classroom. We appreciate your consideration of requiring ESOL preparation courses for K-12 teacher certification.