Introduction

Our ESOL Endorsement Program is authorized by Oregon’s Teacher Standards and Practices Commission to recommend candidates for the ESOL endorsement.  This is considered an add-on endorsement to teacher licensure.  Because of this, we require candidates to have a valid Oregon teaching license or to be concurrently enrolled in a licensure program at Oregon State University.

The purpose of our endorsement program is to assist teachers in improving educational outcomes for English learners (ELs).

We strive to support initiatives such as the Oregon English Learners Statewide Strategic Plan, 2013-16 (http://www.ode.state.or.us/opportunities/grants/nclb/title_iii/or-el-statewide-strategic-plan.pdf).

We work from a framework of social justice and from additive approaches that build on what students know and the context of their lives.  We believe the increasing diversity of our P-20 student population demands a deeper understanding of cultural and language diversity in schools and the communities they serve.

We recognize the importance of bilingual and dual-language programs and longitudinal data−on students who were ever identified as English learners−in closing opportunity and achievement gaps.

We want language development for ELs, as for all students, to take place during content-rich, action-based work.  We teach about ELs’ unique needs; however, we also know they remind us that language issues exist for all students.  (See Judit Moschkovich of UC Santa Cruz discuss her paper “Math, Common Core, and ELLs” at http://ell.standford.edu/papers/practice or http://youtu.be/gUfpnIbq4TA.)

Learning Outcomes

We have the following program goals based on the six core domains from Oregon Administrative Rule 584-420-0360:

  • Language – Apply language acquisition theories and research, as well as knowledge of language as a system, to improve ESOL and bilingual students’ abilities to use English for social and academic purposes.
  • Culture – Apply major concepts and research related to the nature and role of culture to construct supportive learning environments for ESOL and bilingual students.
  • Planning, Implementing, and Managing Instruction – Use ESOL appropriate instructional practices and strategies that integrate standards-based English language proficiency (ELP) and content-area objectives.
  • Assessment – To inform instruction, effectively implement a variety of standards-based assessment tools and techniques that demonstrate an understanding of assessment issues for ESOL and bilingual students.
  • Professionalism – Demonstrate a willingness and ability to serve as professional resources, advocate for ESOL and bilingual students, and build partnerships with students’ families.
  • Technology – Use technology to enhance learning and professional productivity.

Faculty

Below are the primary faculty members in our endorsement program:

Cheridy Aduviri, Instructor: 301A Furman Hall, 541-737-8562, cheridy.aduviri@oregonstate.edu

Holly Boyd-Berman, Instructor: 301 Furman Hall, 541-737-6986, bermanh@oregonstate.edu

Dr. Kathryn Ciechanowski, Associate Professor: 301C Furman Hall, 541-737-8585, kathryn.ciechanowski@oregonstate.edu

Dr. Soria Colomer, Assistant Professor: 301D Furman Hall, 541-737-2226, soria.colomer@oregonstate.edu

Nelly Patiño Cabrera, TEAMS Grant Coordinator and Instructor: 201H Furman Hall, 541-737-1814, nelly.patinocabrera@oregonstate.edu

Sharon Sánchez-Aragón, Instructor: 204A Furman Hall, 541-737-0085, sharon.sanchez-aragon@oregonstate.edu

Dr. Karen Thompson, Assistant Professor: 301B Furman Hall, 541-737-2988, karen.thompson@oregonstate.edu

Classes may also be taught by highly-regarded adjunct or retired faculty, such as Jean Moule and Cate Denson-Hill.  Dr. Moule is an OSU associate professor emerita who has been teaching TCE 522 Racial and Cultural Harmony in the K-12 Classroom.  She is the author of numerous journal articles on multicultural education, the book Cultural Competence: A Primer for Educators, and the “Ask Nana Jean” column in Stepping Stones magazine.   Ms. Denson-Hill has been teaching ESOL endorsement courses as adjunct faculty at our OSU-Cascades Campus.  She is an experienced teacher and Bend-La Pine School District’s ELL Program Developer, who has been active in ESOL and literacy development issues in Oregon for several years.

Advising

Sharon Sánchez-Aragón is serving as an advisor for all ESOL candidates.  She works closely with the College of Education’s Head Adviser and Recruiting Specialist, as well as graduate program coordinators in the College of Education and related licensure programs (e.g., Agricultural Education, Music Education, Physical Education).  Advising is intended to be purposeful and collaborative, assisting students in the development of and progress toward their educational goals. The licensure endorsement coordinator is responsible for the following advising roles, specific to the ESOL endorsement:

  • assist inquiring students in course selection;
  • monitor students’ progress toward program completion;
  • inform inquiring students of campus resources available to them;
  • process required forms: Program Application, Internship Placement Request, Internship Evaluation Form, and Program Completion requirements;
  • process Academic Petitions for Course Waiver or Substitution and Plans of Assistance;
  • interpret and provide rationale for institutional policies, procedures, and requirements.

Students are encouraged to contact her with program questions and concerns: sharon.sanchez-aragon@oregonstate.edu or 541-737-0084.  Students are expected to become familiar with this handbook and OSU policies/procedures, provide accurate and truthful information, and call to cancel appointments that cannot be kept.

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