Multilingual students thrive in 2019 SESLA program

By Andrew Cluley- AAPS Director of Communications

Interviews with multilingual business owners and other community members, visits to the University of Michigan, and creating portfolios documenting the important roles immigrants play in our community were some of the highlights of this year’s Summer ESL Academy at Scarlett Middle School.

Over 220 multilingual students entering grades 4 through 8 developed their academic language skills in this year’s program, doubling in size from last year. Students practiced reading, writing, speaking, and listening through the community and projected based curriculum.

SESLA is part of the Mitchell Scarlett Teaching and Learning Collaborative, which is a partnership between the Ann Arbor Public Schools and the University of Michigan. This year’s program had 14 AAPS teachers working together with 21 masters level teaching interns from U of M. Michigan professors provided professional development and shared co-teaching models that support multilingual students.

Video highlights from the 15-day, 2019 SESLA program are below.

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