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Dr. Jenna Shim
Dept 3374 1000 E University Ave.
Laramie, WY 82071
Phone: (307) 766-3126
Welcome to the University of Wyoming English as a Second Language (ESL) K-12 Endorsement Program. We are glad that you're interested in the Wyoming State ESL endorsement. As with states all across the nation, the number of English Language Learners is increasing at rates higher than any other social group in the state of Wyoming. The need to address the specific educational issues and challenges these students face by way of culturally and linguistically responsive professional practices is of critical importance to the vitality of our classrooms, schools, and communities.
In the last three years, nearly 100 teachers have completed the UW ESL program thanks, in large part, to a grant from the Wyoming State Department of Education. We have also hosted three state-wide ESL program meetings. And we hope to soon launch an ESL ToolKit to provide basic information to teachers who find themselves in need of some foundational knowledge and skills related to working with English Language Learners. In addition, we have completed some moderate curriculum changes which we believe will make the program even more responsive to the needs of teachers in the state.
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