Teacher Leadership: Weekly Tips From ESL Teacher to Staff

What kind of initiative are you taking to be an advocate at school?  There are many ways to be an advocate.  One of them is to share information with other staff to help them understand the students and immigrant families better.  Here is one way of going about it.  this teacher sends out weekly messages to the school staff:

​Every class I take about teaching ELL students tells us the importance of knowing your students on a more personal level.  In order to educate them we must understand their culture and where they come from.  Many of you all have noticed that we having a growing number of students from Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador.  Honduras currently has the highest murder rate in the world and Guatemala and El Salvador are close behind.  The Honduran government basically fell apart years ago and now the country has been taken over by gangs and violence.  San Pedro Sula has the highest murder rate in Honduras, and therefore the city with the highest murder rate in the world.  We have several ELL students who are from San Pedro Sula and some of these students arrived this year.  It is important to understand their past and the stressors and situations they have experienced.  Many of them have witnessed or been victims of violent acts we cannot imagine.  As you can imagine, education is not a priority in Honduras if you are fighting for your life, therefore many of the students from these areas have received a very limited formal education.  If you have time please check out the following site about the violence in Central America.


San Pedro Sula Is The Most Violent City On Earth [PHOTOS] – Business Insider
169 homicides per 100,000 people.

Jessica Mitchell

ELL Social Studies Teacher

Paul Laurence Dunbar High School

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