Last night marked the first class in the Spring session for ESL classes for District 123 families. Nearly 40 adults came out to Covington School for the evening eager to learn English from our very own District staff. The idea came about as a joint effort between District 123 and Moraine Valley however after funding fell through, Angela Goetz,Director of EL Programs for District 123, took the reigns and made sure the program continued.
I decided to do some investigation into what it would entail for us to provide our own classes. I met with a friend of Dr. Gavin’s, who spearheaded Adult ESL classes for other districts in the past. She walked me through the specifics, I put together a proposal and made sure the program could be completely grant funded, and here we are,” said Goetz.
Hosting the classes is a ways to empower our D123 parents and guardians, and hopefully make them feel more comfortable with the english language.
“Being more confident in English will allow them to be more active participants in their children’s education, ultimately resulting in higher student performance. Higher proficiency in English also increases opportunities for our families, making it easier to for them to navigate the community and get better jobs. Above all, it lets our culturally diverse families know that we care about them, we appreciate them, and we want to help them be fully involved in the D123 community,” she said.