State Recognizes Harrison Elementary School In Roselle For ESL Program

ROSELLE–Harrison Elementary School in Roselle has been honored by the New Jersey Department of Education of its outstanding bilingual program, school officials announced.

Harrison Elementary, one of ten schools across the state to receive the recognition, will serve as a model to scale best practices in world languages programs and bilingual and English as a Second Language (ESL) programs for English Language learners.

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kevin West said that he is delighted that Gov. Chris Christie and the New Jersey Department of Education recognized Harrison Elementary School and the Roselle School District.

“The Roselle Public Schools continue to rise to greater heights, exemplifying true visions of excellence,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kevin West said. “I am extremely proud of Harrison School’s Bilingual Program and the hard work that Principal, Dr. Lissette Gonzalez Perez, her staff and students put forth in making it a model program.”

The programs were selected based on criteria developed by the New Jersey Supervisors of World Languages and the Statewide Advisory Committee for Bilingual and ESL Education, with assistance from the New Jersey Department of Education. Programs were selected based on their demonstrated success in developing students’ second language skills and their implementation of effective programs and instructional practices that led to student achievement in a second language.

“We have wonderful teachers who dedicate a lot of time and effort into helping first generation students master English proficiency skills,” said Perez, the school principal. “I am so proud to see the hard work and dedication of our students, teachers, and families being acknowledged at the state level.”

Each recognized program will serve as a resource center for other districts over the next two years. Educators visiting the centers will have opportunities to observe exemplary practices in second language teaching, learning and assessment.

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