• "We must first shatter the myth that English language learners (ELLs) are not capable of engaging in literacy in English, at least not until they are proficient speakers of the language. Rather than sheltering them from literacy, we need to immerse them in rich and appropriate literacy experiences."

    Erminda Garcia

    Lisa Panaro

    Director ELL/LOTE Programs K-12
    914 422 2230 
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    Welcome to the web page for the K-5 English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) department of the White Plains Public Schools. Our staff of twenty ESOL educators serve our English Language Learners (ELLs) in our five elementary buildings, in conjunction with classroom teachers, as they progress through the second language acquisition process. On this page, you can find information about the following:


    Our ESOL program in White Plains incorporates the following seven essential elements of effective programs for ELLs:

    1. High standards for ELLs.Strong literacy development for ELLs.

    2. Qualified and well-trained educators of ELLs.

    3. School-based leadership committed to educational excellence and equity for ELLs.

    4. Family and community involvement of ELLs.

    5. Assessment and accountability for the education of ELLs.

    6. Positive and supportive climate for ELLs.