This past month LSS Center for New Americans was host to teachers from across the state and from Sioux Falls as they worked on professional development. The English Language Instructor Development Program (ELIDP) training yields the English as a Second Language Instructor Credential for the State of South Dakota. This program is funded through the South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation.
This professional development has three phases.
Phase I: Participants have 26 hours of face-to-face training during which they discuss topics such as language acquisition, cultural and communication dynamics in the classroom, refugee resettlement, and working with adult English language learners, among others. During this phase, participants also have hands on experience in the ESL classrooms at the Center for New Americans, working closely with one of the knowledgeable instructors in their classrooms, receiving coaching in both teaching and lesson planning.
Phase II: After reflecting on teaching practices and researching best practices, participants implement Action Research in their own classrooms.
Phase III: Participants present their Action Research at the annual Summer Summit Conference each July.
Upon completion of all 3 phases, participants are eligible for state credentialing.
I was able to interview Sarah Jones, one of our newest instructors at the Center for New Americans. Here is what she had to say about her experience ELIDP.
What was your best takeaway from IDP?
My best takeaway from IDP was the feedback I received while working with my mentor. The simple strategies and techniques we discussed and practiced are ideal for creating a more student-centered learning environment.
How do you think IDP will help you in the classroom?
I think the various strategies and learning activities we discussed both in our group sessions and in the individual discussions with my mentor will help in my classroom. These discussions provided several ideas for increasing student engagement, and their implementation will result in more opportunities for students practice what they are learning.
How do you think the experience of meeting other ESL teachers from across the state could be beneficial?
I think meeting and collaborating with teachers from other programs is always beneficial, as it provides the opportunity to learn what strategies other teachers have found to be helpful in their classrooms and brainstorm ways to implement those strategies in your own classroom.
Are you excited to plan and implement your Action Research? How do you predict your Action Research affecting your classroom?
I look forward to planning and implementing my Action Research, and I predict that the implementation of more research-based strategies will positively impact student learning and success.
As a former participant in the ELIDP myself and a mentor, this program is a great way meet new teachers, refresh on proven strategies, and improve teaching skills. So thank you very much South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation for providing this great opportunity!
Written by Heather Glidewell | LSS Center for New Americans | Adult ESL Instructor & Volunteer Coordinator Assistant
300 East 6th Street, Suite 100 | Sioux Falls, SD 57103