Explore Education in Denver
Educational site visits offer you the opportunity to visit schools and centers that serve large numbers of English language learners. Each site is as unique and varied as its students. Learn how different programs meet the needs of linguistically diverse learners.
Tuesday, 31 March 2020 (depart from the convention center at 8 am and return at noon)
Price: US$85 unless otherwise noted. Register using the convention registration form.
ESV#1: Asian Pacific Development Center in Aurora
Asian Pacific Development Center is powered by its rich heritage of Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander advocacy. It exists today to serve and support all immigrant and refugee communities with a whole health, community-based engagement approach through health, education, and advocacy. Our departments include the behavioral health clinic, victim assistance, youth leadership, health equity and adult education. APDC’s Adult Education Program serves over 800 students each year through ESL, Computer, Citizenship, ABE/ASE and Career Pathways classes, as well as tutoring and navigation services.
Nearly all of APDC’s students are low-income and low-literacy. These factors, combined with pervasive histories of trauma, require a culturally responsive, honed approach in order to help these adult learners achieve their educational goals, move toward careers, and support their families.
ESV#2: Community College of Aurora
The Community College of Aurora serves the diverse immigrant and refugee population of the city of Aurora, where one in three adults speaks a language other than English at home. Visitors will learn about CCA’s offerings and observe ESL classes. The Community ESL program offers non-credit English language and citizenship courses to approximately 700 students per 10-week term who speak more than 90 different languages. The Center for Adult Education provides High School Equivalency classes and the Accelerated Pathways to Success program, which guides learners through college certificate programs in Healthcare, Early Childhood Education, Business, and Information Technology. The College Preparatory ESL program prepares students to successfully enroll in first-year college-level courses with the goal of ultimately completing a degree or certificate program.
ESV#3: International English Center, University of Colorado Boulder
Innovative programming, outstanding academic, immigration, and support services, and engaging cultural experiences have consistently made the International English Center (IEC) one of the top destinations for English language study in the United States. Established in 1975, the IEC provides high-quality English language training and cultural programming for high school, pre-collegiate, pre-graduate, and degree students, working professionals, and members of the Boulder community. Programs integrate cutting-edge teaching practices and experiential learning. Courses are offered in traditional and hybrid formats. Visitors will briefly observe some classes, get an overview of the course curricula and assessment instruments, and chat with faculty.
ESV#4: Escuela Bilingüe Pioneer in Lafayette
Escuela Bilingüe Pioneer is a culturally rich, inclusive school community that celebrates bilingual and biliterate learners in preschool through fifth grade. Located in the city of Lafayette in the southeast of Boulder County, the school strives to provide engaging and innovative experiential learning opportunities that will prepare all individuals to contribute, confidently and proudly, to our increasingly complex world. Pioneer is a 90/10, Spanish/English dual language focus school that nurtures all students and engages the community. The highly qualified teachers, staff, and administrators educate and empower culturally and linguistically diverse future leaders.
ESV#5: Aurora West College Preparatory Academy
Aurora West College Preparatory Academy is a grade 6-12 public school in Aurora, wherein over 65% of students are English language learners and over 95% of all students qualify for free and reduced lunch. The school is organized into three distinct phases, and visitors will tour the 10th through 12th grades at the school. Qualified students in these grades take classes from a local community college and earn college credit with the goal of graduating with concurrent degrees: a high school diploma and an Associate of Arts degree. AWCPA has been granted a Performance Level rating by the Colorado Department of Education, the highest rating that can be granted to a Colorado school.
If you have any questions about TESOL Educational Site Visits, please contact TESOL Conference Services.