In June, the Escondido Union School District (EUSD) launched a series of two five-day summer trainings to prepare school leaders and educators to further advance student academic achievement.
Over 100 educators and administrators attended one of the five-day workshops specifically focused on presenting strategies and tools for engaging the English learner in rigorous learning opportunities in the classroom.
The summer trainings were provided by national experts in the field of education through WestEd’s Quality Teaching for English Learners (QTEL) Initiative.
As a result of the training, educators in attendance created educational units applying strategies that best balance direct instruction with support and independent practice for their students.
Dr. Aida Walqui, Director of QTEL, focused her workshop for EUSD’s administrators on developing their skills both in the application of best practice teaching pedagogies as well as in serving as leaders in the adoption of the instructional practices throughout their school and district.
“The educators and leaders who attended this year’s summer institute from QTEL were inspired to apply what they learned at the training to support rigorous and equitable instruction for all students in their classrooms and at their school sites,” said Kathleen Sorenson, EUSD’s director of curriculum and assessment. “I look forward to seeing the strategies in action at our schools during the upcoming school year.”
The Escondido Union School District has 23 schools: 17 elementary, 5 middle, and 1 intermediate.