On August 16, Dr. Roger Gee, Graduate Division Chair, TESOL Program Coordinator, and Professor for the School of Education, joined a panel at the School District of Philadelphia’s in-service day for English as a Second Language (ESL) teachers to discuss best practices for ESL students. The theme of the event was: Achievement, Action, and Advocacy for English Learners.
Dr. Gee was joined by Dr. Nelson Flores from the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania, Robert Rivera-Amezola, a doctoral candidate from the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Michael Smith from the College of Education at Temple University, and Dr. Jill Swavely from the College of Education at Temple University.
Panel discussion questions focused on the most effective practices for English learners in public schools, promising research or practices that support English learners in Philadelphia, and major issues and challenges facing English learners today.
“I spoke about the importance of academic language, specifically academic vocabulary for achievement, research I'm doing on phrases in academic language, and our local professional organization, PennTESOL-East as a vehicle for advocacy,” Gee said. “These items promote achievement, are action I'm taking, and provide a platform for advocacy.”