Plans for 2013 Summer ESL Learning Academy

For the second year, the Mitchell Scarlett Partnership is helping to coordinate a summer academic and enrichment program for English language learners (ELLs) who will be in grades 4 – 8 in the fall.  The program is open to all ELLs in the Scarlett attendance area and will run from July 8-26 in the mornings (exact beginning and ending times are pending).  As in previous years, program goals center on strengthening students’ abilities to read and write informational texts and to build grade level math proficiencies.

The theme of this year’s Summer ESL Learning Academy focuses on how art represents cultural identity.  Through an integrated language and arts unit, students will read both fiction and nonfiction texts related to art and culture; have several opportunities to study art on field trips to the University of Michigan’s Museum of Art (UMMA) (; and, create and write about their own art work.  Based on the success of last summer’s family night at the Leslie Science Center, the culminating family event this year will take place at the UMMA where the students’ artwork and writing will be displayed.

ESL teachers from AAPS, UM faculty members, and UM interns are planning the integrated language and arts unit for the Summer Academy.  In addition to ESL teachers from AAPS, approximately 9 UM interns will also be teaching in the program. For more information on how to register for the Summer Academy, please contact the Scarlett office.

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