Category: ESOL

ESOL Summer Maintenance Program

Video – Students from around the world strengthen English skills in summer program 

July 3, 2024 – Afghanistan. Honduras. Mexico. Haiti. They’re just some of the nations represented among the Team Duval students participating in the district’s English for Speakers of Other Languages, or ESOL, Summer Maintenance Program.   “I just like the program because it gives them an opportunity to use their voice,” says second grade teacher […]

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Seal of Bilteracy awardees pose with their medals.

Team Duval students recognized with Seal of Biliteracy for mastering a new language

May 21, 2024 – From Chinese yo-yoing to Mexican dancing, many skills were on display during the Seal of Biliteracy ceremony where Team Duval students were recognized for mastering a new language. More than 800 students throughout the district were awarded the Seal of Biliteracy this year. This designation recognizes students who have attained a […]

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Little Language Learner participants hold up their certificates during the awards ceremony

Students gain deeper appreciation for educators, new career skills through Little Language Learners Program

May 15, 2024 – Camila Guerrero, a junior at Mandarin High School, said her appreciation for teachers grew deeper this year. That’s because she – along with approximately 40 of her high school peers – spent the year teaching elementary school students a new language through the district’s Little Language Learners program. “I don’t think […]

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Grisel Fuentes reacts to the announcement that she is the School-Related Employee of the Year.

Lake Lucina ESOL paraprofessional selected as School-Related Employee of the Year

March 27, 2024 – She is an exceptional leader who goes over and beyond to remove language barriers in her school community and make her students feel validated and loved. That’s how colleagues are describing Grisel Fuentes, an ESOL paraprofessional at Lake Lucina Elementary, who was recently recognized as Team Duval’s School-Related Employee of the […]

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Winners of the Hispanic Heritage Essay Month contest recognize their heroes

Oct. 28, 2022 – Congratulations to the three Team Duval students selected as winners of the district’s annual 2022 Hispanic Heritage Month Essay contest. They are: Elementary school winner: Tennyson Haas/West Riverside Elementary   Middle school winner: Giannina Quinones/LaVilla School of the Arts High school winner: Sarah Robinson/Riverside High School. Each of the students were […]

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Photo collage of CLC classroom activities

Creating ‘home away from home’ for refugees, families new to country and Jacksonville

Sept. 9, 2022 – It isn’t easy being new in town and trying to navigate a new school system. But imagine that experience if you’re brand new to the country and still working to acquire the English language. That is the case for the more than 8,900 English Language Learning students and their families who […]

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Photo of Kai Edu in cap and gown

Sandalwood High senior overcomes odds, receives acceptance into dream university

May 27, 2022 – Despite a lifelong struggle with visual impairment, the path to academic success has been extremely clear for Sandalwood High School soon-to-be graduate, Kai Edu. Edu, who is one of approximately 7,600 graduates in Team Duval’s Class of 2022, has exceeded all expectations as a gifted learner and has been accepted into […]

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