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Escondido educators participate in specialized training



Escondido educators during June’s workshop for engaging English learners.

Escondido educators during June’s workshop for engaging English learners.

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.


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