What is ESOL?

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) is a federally-funded instructional program for eligible English Learners in grades K-12. The ESOL curriculum is standards-based and emphasizes academic and social language development while simultaneously assisting students to meet the Georgia Performance standards. In Georgia, ESOL placement and language development progress is determined by WAP-T and ACCESS tests, respectively, developed by WIDA (World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment). Classroom teachers integrate WIDA English language development standards with Georgia Performance Standards to impact development of English and demonstrate student academic, social, and cultural proficiency.


Jim WarfordMr. Jim Warford will be our keynote speaker on Wednesday, February 5 and Thursday, February 6. He is a passionate speaker drawing on both powerful personal story and his unique combination of education, business, and creative experience. He will be sponsored by Imagine Learning.

In early 2003 he was appointed as Florida's first ever K12 Chancellor for public schools. Since 2005 he has served as Senior Adviser and Keynote Speaker for the International Center for Leadership in Education, working with states, schools, and districts nation-wide. From 2005-2010, he was the Executive Director of the Florida Association of School Administrators, representing over 10,000 school leaders. Recently, he created an on-line teacher training program for the University of Hawaii, Maui College.

As Florida's Chancellor, he led the creation and state-wide implementation of Florida's Continuous Improvement Model, FCIM, which resulted in the state's dramatic gains in student achievement. FCIM remains Florida's required intervention for all low-performing schools.

He holds a Bachelor's degree in Communications and a Master's degree in Educational Leadership. Jim Warford taught applied technology courses at the high school level for 17 years and was named Vanguard High School Teacher of the Year three separate times.

Robert AvossaRobert Avossa will be our keynote speaker on Tuesday, February 4

Robert Avossa became Superintendent of the Fulton County School System in June 2011. As Superintendent, he is responsible for the leadership, administration and management of approximately 94,000 students, 100 schools, 14,000 employees, and an $814 million general fund budget.

Avossa’s forward-thinking and passion for innovation has led the school system to redevelop its approach to management, particularly in how central administrative services are delivered to schools as well as in how teachers and leaders are supported throughout their careers. During his first year of superintendency, Avossa established the Learning Communities model for Fulton County Schools. Organized geographically – Northwest, Northeast, Central and South – the four learning communities allow a decentralized approach to school management and provide schools the opportunity to work more closely together and align resources. He also was instrumental in passing a one-cent sales tax in November 2011, a capital campaign that will fund nearly $1 billion in school and district improvements, of which $200 million is being invested in technology.

Avossa was successful in driving the school system forward in its quest for charter system status, which was granted by the Georgia Department of Education in 2012. The five-year charter serves as a contract between Fulton County Schools and the state and will provide the district more flexibility in its operations. It also serves as the way the school system operationalizes its Strategic Plan 2017: Building Our Future, which has three large goals that serve as the district’s measure for long-term student success: 90% of Fulton students will graduate on time; 85% of Fulton’s seniors will be eligible for admission to a University System of Georgia college or university; and 100% of Fulton’s graduates will be work-ready.

Before coming to Fulton County Schools, Avossa served as Chief Strategy and Accountability Officer for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools in North Carolina, one of the largest systems in the country. In that role, he led the district in driving key performance management initiatives. He also previously served as an area superintendent and as Chief of Staff, which resulted in significant student achievement improvement, and before that spent more than a decade in Florida as a teacher and principal. He also is a graduate of the Broad Superintendents Academy, an advanced executive development program that identifies and prepares experienced leaders to successfully run large urban public education systems.

Avossa has a diverse range of experience with key roles at the elementary, middle and high school levels. He has been a teacher in middle and high schools, principal of a large Title I elementary school, and the principal of a comprehensive high school with more than 3,250 students. His work in these positions earned Avossa the designation as Young Educator of the Year.

Avossa holds a bachelor’s degree in exceptional education and behavior disorders as well as a master’s degree in special education, both from the University of South Florida, and a doctorate from Wingate University. He and his wife, Kellee, have two children who attend Fulton County schools.

Daily Conference Schedule

Event 2014 calendar.

February 4th, 5th & 6th 2014

7:30 – 8:30 Registration & Vendor Visits
8:30 – 8:45 Welcome & Introductions
8:45 – 9:45 Keynote Speaker
9:45 – 9:50 Overview & Raffle Prizes
9:50 – 10:05 Break – Vendor Visits
10:05 – 11:15 Session 1
11:15 – 11:30 Break – Vendor Visits
11:30 – 12:40 Session 2
12:40 – 1:30 Break – Lunch
1:30 – 2:40 Session 3
2:40 – 2:55 Break – Vendor Visits
2:55 – 4:05 Session 4

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The Annual ESOL Conference has grown over the past 12 years to over 1,000 attendees. It is held each year at the KSU Center in February. Educators from 104 districts were in attendance this year.

Kennesaw State University is among the top University System of Georgia institutions in the number of teachers it graduates each year. The University and its Bagwell College of Education (BCOE) are top choices for those who aspire to careers in the P-12 education sector and houses over 27 Nationally Recognized teacher education programs.

Online Registration

Use the links below to register online.

Due to administrative fees, presenters will need to pay a half price registration fee of $49.00.
Early Registration Deadline - December 20, 2013

Cancellations and request for refunds must be received by January 25, 2013. Refund request received after January 25, 2013 will not be honored. A $25 cancellation fee will apply to all requests for refunds.
Request for refunds should be made by calling 770-423-6765.