Posted Date: 09/14/2021
Board Approves Stipend Incentive for Employees with ESL Certification
The Board of Education approved a $3,000 ESL (English as a Second Language) certification stipend for certified staff who teach or work with English Learner students.
The Board of Education recognizes the importance of responding to the learning loss all students have experienced during the pandemic and preparing a plan for the 2021-2022 school year. More than 4,000 Union students are English Learners. comprising more than one fourth of the student population.
The learning loss experienced among Union EL students is apparent not only in measures of academic content, but also on the assessment of language learning domains. The loss of learning in English language development is substantial, which has a compounding effect on the academic growth of those students, and which amplified the learning loss as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Union educators.
Jay Loegering, executive director of Human Resources, said, “Less than 15 percent of Union's certified staff who teach, work directly with EL students, or evaluate those who teach or work directly with EL students are ESL-certified. In order to increase teacher and administrator knowledge of EL student needs and the implementation of effective, evidence-based, instructional practices for EL students, the district will provide a stipend for teachers, district level certified staff and school administrators to obtain ESL certification as a response to the learning loss experienced by EL students due to the COVID-19 pandemic.”
The strategies and practices that teachers learn as a part of the EL certification process include many that will help prepare teachers to meet all students' learning needs, particularly to intervene on behalf of those students that have experienced learning loss.
In other action, Board members: