This week, I had the pleasure of interviewing Mrs. Rebekah Burkowitz, the ESOL Teacher for Lake Jessup High School and Marrian Middle School. Mrs. Burkowitz has been an English teacher for over thirty years and, while she is retiring in the spring, plans to continue teaching English to adult learners in her free time for as long as she can. Mrs. Burkowitz had a lot to say about English education in LJHS, and I was happy to listen. Lake Jessup High School offers mainstreamed content classes for their English Language Learners, with the option of taking one class period a day of an ESOL Class and an additional class period of ESOL Academic Support. These resources help students to acquire English without being isolated from the rest of the school environment.
It's common knowledge that attending conferences is a great way to share knowledge, get new ideas, make connections, and grow as a teacher or in any other profession. But often time, especially on a teacher's limited budget and schedule, conference attendance can be burdensome or all-together impossible, and no one can reap the benefits of the experience.
Enter: Virtual Conferences.
In our world of technology, information is available more efficiently and from more sources than ever before, and conferences are not excluded from that growth! Attending a conference virtually can have many benefits for teachers, students, and administrators alike.
As an educator, Abigail Johnson reflects on several relevant topics impacting today's students in mainstream classroom settings.