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ERIC Number: EJ1074840
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 10
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1553-541X
Empowering ELLs through Strong Community-School District Partnerships for Enrichment
Rivera, Jessica; Donovan-Pendzic, Esperanza; Marion, Mary Jo
Voices in Urban Education, n41 p36-45 2015
The English Language Learner (ELL) Summer Camp in Worcester, Massachusetts--an intensive six-week program that served middle school and high school students from Worcester Public Schools (WPS)--was the product of a five-way partnership that included the school district, higher education institutions (Latino Education Institute [LEI] at Worcester State University and Quinsigamond Community College), and community organizations (African Community Education [ACE] and the Spanish-language television program "Esperanza y Su Éxito"). The ELL Summer Camp aimed to promote literacy skills, linguistic competence, and self-efficacy by integrating academics and community-based enrichment and, ultimately, to maximize students' potential for high school graduation and their preparedness for college and career pathways. This article discusses the keys to making this partnership successful, how it generated additional resources and expertise, and the development of a 3-module enrichment curriculum called "My Voice, My Community, My World." In addition, the authors discuss the leadership and staff cohesion in the program as well as the program's successes and lessons learned.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts
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