Voices Vol 41 No 1

Chapter News

Bergen Passaic Chapter: Off to a Good Start

By Janice Silvia Acosta

BJChapterELL Teachers gather to learn from eachother

On Tuesday, October 18, 2011, the Bergen-Passaic NJTESOL/NJBE Chapter met at the Paramus Public Library in Paramus, NJ for its first meeting of the year.  The well-attended event entitled “Off to a Good Start” was very successful and offered ELL teachers the opportunity to ask important questions related to the job of the ELL Specialist.  The meeting sparked much discussion and highlighted common concerns shared by ELL teachers.  Discussions included ACCESS tests, the soon to be published 2012 WIDA ELD Standards, legalities such as the three-year plans, and best practices using the CAN DO descriptors to inform mainstream teachers.  Attendees were encouraged to visit WIDA’s website (www.wida.us/standards/elp.aspx) to review the ELD Standards as per 2012 and provide feedback by the deadline of November 11. 

Note of Time Change:  All future Bergen-Passaic NJTESOL/NJBE Chapter Meetings will be held at the new time of 4:30pm at the Paramus Public Library.

Janice Silvia Acosta is the current Public Relations person for the Bergen-Passaic Chapter of NJTESOL/NJBE.