Federal Programs - English as a Second Language (ESL)

Federal Programs - English as a Second Language (ESL)

Welcome to the ESL Program's Web Page


Jerri Hunt, Director of Federal Programs



Beth Poydock, ESL Lead Teacher



Miriam Basso, ESL Parent Liaison



Important Links

Enrollment Information (Información de inscripción)

Parent Resources (Recursos para Padres)

ESL Education Services (Servicios de Educación de ESL)

Teacher Resources (Recursos para Maestros)

ESL Contacts by School (Contactos de ESL por Escuela)

ESL Assessments (Evaluaciones de ESL)

WIDA English Language Development Standards (Estándares de Desarrollo del Idioma Inglés de WIDA)

Rowan-Salisbury Schools ESL Program Overview

Program Philosophy

 The Rowan-Salisbury School System offers an educational program to meet the needs of students who are English Language Learners in grades K-12. This program addresses two areas:  language acquisition and cultural adjustment. The goal of the English as a Second Language (ESL) Program is to provide students with the opportunity to develop communication skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing, thereby enabling students to be successful within the academic mainstream classroom.  North Carolina has adopted English Language Proficiency (ELP) Standards that are designed to address the needs of ESL students to become fully proficient in both social and academic English.  These standards are aligned to our English Language Proficiency test. The ELP standards will provide a framework for teaching English language learners in grades K-12.

The program will assist students through their cultural adjustment by helping them develop an understanding of American Culture.  At the same time, students will be encouraged to share their cultural backgrounds and realize the importance of their role in a multicultural society.

The involvement of EL parents is strongly encouraged to provide support for English language learners.  It is our belief, that parental support will impact student academic achievement.  An ESL Parent Resource Center was established to provide parent learning opportunities, educational instructional materials for use at home, and access to computer technology.  A bilingual Parent Liaison is available to assist parents during the regular school term and in the summer as needed.



In compliance with federal law, the Rowan-Salisbury School System administers all educational programs, employment activities and admissions without discrimination because of race, color, age, military service, disability, or gender, except where exemption is appropriate and allowed by law.

Parent Resources

Recursos para Padres (Parent Resources) Haga "Click" Aquí 

Parent Resource - Livebinder (English)

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