Educational Site Visits

Educational site visits offer convention registrants the opportunity to visit schools and centers that have large numbers of English language learners enrolled. Each site is as unique and varied as its students. Learn how different programs face the challenges of teaching linguistically diverse learners.

Tuesday, 5 April 2016. Depart from the convention center at 8 am and return at 12 pm, unless otherwise noted.  Price: US$75. Register using the convention registration form.


Site Visit #1 Annapolis High School, Anne Arundel County Public Schools, Annapolis, MD*
Annapolis HS features excellent newcomer services and project-based learning for low English proficiency students in the setting of a highly-regarded International Baccalaureate high school. Fourteen percent of the diverse student body are identified as ELLs.

Site Visit #2 English Language Center (ELC), Howard Community College, Columbia, MD
The award-winning English Language Center provides adult education ESL classes to more than 2,200 students from more than 80 countries. Courses include all levels from literacy to TOEFL preparation and encompass all skill areas, including reading, writing, listening, speaking, pronunciation, and grammar. A vigorous program of self-education and professional development for teachers enhances the success of the program.

Site Visit #3 English Language Institute (ELI), University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC), Baltimore, MD
The ELI at UMBC provides English language education to students, professional development for English teachers, and customized training to a variety of organizations. The unique instructor professional development model, TESOL training program, and association with the UMBC masters in TESOL program facilitate scholarship and best practices and contribute to making this a particularly strong and dynamic program.

Site Visit #4 Esperanza Center, Baltimore, MD
Esperanza Center is a comprehensive immigrant resource center that offers hope and essential services to people who are new to the United States. Services are offered in five areas: health, education, immigration legal services, community referral, and advocacy. Education services include ESL and citizenship classes. More than 3,000 immigrants were directly assisted by the center last year.

Site Visit #5 Tyler Heights Elementary School, Anne Arundel County Public Schools, Annapolis, MD*
Tyler Heights Elementary School is notable for its cotaught combined curriculum (mainstream and ESOL), which utilizes language-rich, project-based learning in instructional blocks. The school student body is two-thirds Hispanic and one-quarter African American, with over three-fourths of the student body eligible for free or reduced-price lunches.

*these visits will depart at 8 am and return at approximately 1 pm.