Future CLASS for Diverse Learners is addressing a growing local, state, and national shortage of trained staff who are competent to work closely with ELLs by partnering with Xavier University, Hamilton County Educational Service Center (HCESC), Global to Local LLC (G2Local), the Primax Group, and Rosetta Stone to provide professional development, document translation and technology support services.

Xavier University. Xavier is providing courses leading to TESOL endorsement/certification for qualifying staff.

Xavier University is a private, Catholic, Jesuit University established in 1831. Xavier University has been recognized for the past several years as one of the nation’s best Midwestern colleges and universities by US News and World Report. The University has 6,450 students, including nearly 4,000 full-time undergraduates and offers more than 75 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in 10 areas. The School of Education offers degree and licensure programs approved by the Ohio Board of Regents that are nationally accredited by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC). These programs are among Xavier’s most popular and serve over 1,000 students, reflecting Xavier University’s mission. The education programs are rigorous academic and professional programs that challenge and support students. As a result, Xavier graduates are prepared for careers in diverse, complex, and inter-professional environments. 

Hamilton County Educational Service Center. HCESC is providing SIOP training.

HCESC’s educational services and programs, delivered through a staff of 500+ experienced and talented professionals, meet the changing needs of the PreK-12 school community. HCESC designs programs and offers services and support in the areas of special education, curriculum, standards, leadership, assessment, data analysis, instruction, professional development, and educational technology.

Global to Local. G2Local is providing translation of important school, district and state educational documents, plus providing interpretation services.

G2Local has a network of 700+ professionals who are required to hold a bachelor’s degree and a minimum of 5 years of experience in both translations and their field of expertise. To guarantee translations are high quality, G2Local relies on the TEP process, the ISO certification standard for the translation industry. The TEP process includes: T…A qualified linguist translates the document from one language to another. E…A second translator reviews the original document against the newly translated version, checking for problems with syntax, word choice or style choice. P…A third and final linguist reviews the translated document, looking for errors in spelling, grammar and punctuation.

The Primax Group. The Primax Group is providing on-site technology support through the Technologist-in-Residence (TIR) program.

Since 1995, the PRIMAXgroup has been a leading provider of technical support and consulting services to educational institutions in the Cincinnati and Tri-State area. Its team of highly skilled technicians and training consultants are available to help with schools technical needs and planning. All team members have a unique understanding of the classroom environment. Primax believe the typical business support model is not applicable nor useful within the school setting.  Primax listens to the needs of each school and then creates a customized educational model to effectively meet the technology goals set forth by the teachers and administrators. The primary function of the Technologist-in-Residence (TIR) is to make a measurable difference in the skill level of a school’s teaching staff in integrating technology into the classroom, be it a traditional, flipped or blended environment. The TIR is available during the school day to work with, instruct, inspire, and support teachers in meeting their individual technology needs. The TIR quickly recognizes a fitting technical solution to enhance the lesson, project and/or activity and shares it with the individual or team of teachers. The role is designed to motivate, stimulate and lend confidence to teachers through just-in-time, one-on-one or small group instruction. The TIR provides on-site, customized and individualized technology assessment, training, consulting and support.

Innovative Software and Apps. The consortium has purchased and is in process of implementing innovative English language development (ELD) software from Rosetta Stone. Rosetta Stone Foundations has been made available to the entire student body, parents, and staff of both CPS and Princeton Districts for a period of 5 years. It will be used to assist the ELL parents endeavoring to learn English and provide support for the participating classroom teachers to learn basic language skills as a means of communicating with the ELL students and their parents. The ELL software program is being used in conjunction with increased parental engagement programs and culturally sensitive activities for the entire consortia student body.

Other. The consortium continues to build key partnerships within Southwest Ohio’s local businesses and nonprofits, leveraging resources to provide a multitude of support services to students in and out of their classrooms. Within CPS, 37 schools operate as Community Learning Centers (neighborhood hubs that offer “wrap-around” services), offering individualized tutoring, arts/culture, mentorship, internships, project-based learning, career planning and preparation, among others. Princeton City Schools employs a similar community learning model. As the consortium moves closer to achieving its collaborative realization, a greater share of resources and support systems will be available to our ELL students, not only within our districts, but throughout the region, ultimately reducing district spending and overhead and increasing academic achievement within the ELL subgroup.