English Learners and parents at Welch Middle School participated in the second EL Summit. The event organized by Welch MS staff and the Multilingual Programs department informed students about the critical components of TELPAS/STAAR, Linguistic Accommodations and Exit Criteria, grades, attendance, and a motivational testimonial from Bellaire HS seniors and former EL students.
Dr. Deshonta Everett, Dean of Instruction at Welch, explained that this year parents were also invited to attend on the first day of the summit in order to support the learning goals of their children at home.
“There was a great turnout of parents. We had our EL parent roundtable where parents were educated on some of the same topics. They were very receptive to the information and they left with tools to be able to support their ELs as they go through the language acquisition process.”
On the second day, Dr. Everett mentioned that the goal is for these “seven groups of students in grades 6, 7, and 8 to leave the session with a plan so that they are able to make progress when they take the TELPAS and STAAR exam.”
Multilingual Program Specialist Rocio Coronado and Outreach Workers, Rosa Gonzalez-Decou, Marcela Barba and Baber Mohamed instructed scholars on the TELPAS expectations and the main focus for these assessments.
ESL teacher, Stephanie Pelegrina, briefly explained basic study habits at home and techniques they can implement to improve comprehension and concentration.
AVID teacher, Antonio Brown, spoke about extracurricular activities and support students can receive to be motivated and improve their learning.
The event provided participants with the right mentality to graduate and be successful when entering High School. This was also reinforced by former EL students and current Bellaire seniors from Bellaire High School.