• Resources to support English learners, bilingual students, and families

    All principals and assistant principals

    • The ESOL Toolkit on City Schools Inside includes supports for English learners. Sections for Social Support Services and Community Resources provide links to community organizations that work with EL students and families, including the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant and Multicultural Affairs, CASA de Maryland, International Rescue Committee, Esperanza Center, and Lutheran Immigrant Relief Services. The Maryland Attorney General’s website has information in English and Spanish about finding immigration assistance. 
    • The Newcomer Project, an initiative of the district’s department of Specialized Services, can direct students and families to community resources and provide consultation related to mental health and well-being. Lesson plans and other resources developed by the Newcomer Project address stress management for students and are available for teachers and school leadership teams. Contact the Newcomer Project at Newcomer@bcps.k12.md.us
    • Johns Hopkins Centro SOL collaborates with representatives from schools, community organizations, and other professional groups serving immigrant youth and their families. From Here Forward /De Aqui Adelante is a series of resources for schools to engage students and parents in conversations about creating safe spaces for students who are experiencing fear and anxiety about their futures. These resources were developed by City Schools social workers and local community organizations. Centro SOL is facilitating outreach to schools and community organizations interested in these supports. Complete a brief survey to request resources or contact centrosol@jhmi.edu for more information.

    For questions, contact the department of Differentiated Learning at ESOLoffice@bcps.k12.md.us.
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