NYS TESOL Member of the Month for March 2016
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Meet the NYS TESOL Member of the Month Ms.
Dawson, Buffalo Region, is passionate about the field of TESOL. She
collaborates with colleagues and provides and models research-based
support strategies that meet student needs. This enhances student
opportunities for success throughout all courses. Ms. Dawson saw a need
for additional reading support among her middle school ELL students,
which encouraged her to begin an after school reading intensive
program. Her students meet after school for 30 minutes two days a week
to work on a web-based reading program. Ms. Dawson collaborated with
several ENL (English as a New Language) teachers to present an overview
of their elementary and middle school ENL programs for the school
board. She also invited two ENL students (and their families) to share
their experiences in the ENL program. Ms. Dawson has nominated ENL
students for awards and scholarships as opportunities arise. Passionate
about parent and community involvement, Ms. Dawson coordinated a
cultural event for students and families to lead. Both students and
their parents met and gave input on their cultural recognition, and
created posters, banners, and presentations to share their heritage
with the rest of the school. Student success and positive outcomes
result from Ms. Dawson's extra activities. Her collaboration with
colleagues increases student learning in all core classes. Academic
growth shows through student proficiency, class engagement, and
assessments. Her students gain confidence and experience speaking in
front of large groups of professionals. Most importantly, Ms. Dawson's
students want to seek out more opportunities to learn, and she tries to
provide all of her students with additional learning experiences and
resources that cultivate a love for learning.
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