Title III - ESOL

Title III - ESOL
English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) is a state-funded instructional program for eligible English Learners (ELs) in grades K-12.  The ESOL program is a standards-based curriculum emphasizing academic and social language development. ESOL coursework is based upon the WIDA Consortium English Language Development (ELD) standards. Classroom teachers integrate these ELD standards with the Georgia content area standards to enable ELs to both communicate in English and demonstrate their academic, social, and cultural proficiency. 

Title III is a federally-funded program that provides eligible Local Education Agencies with funding to supplement those ESOL services already in place.  Both ESOL and Title III hold students accountable for progress in, and attainment of, English language proficiency. Upon attainment of English language proficiency, students exit from supplemental language services.

Eligibility for Language Support Services
The Georgia Department of Education provides the criteria to determine eligibility for language support services.  This criteria includes the student's native, home, and first language as one other than English.  Additionally, s
tudents who have difficulty listening, speaking, reading, writing or understanding the English language to the extent that their language skills are a barrier to their success in a regular classroom will be eligible for language services.

School ESOL Lead Teachers

 Elementary Schools

Black's Mill Elementary
Holly Bottoms             
[email protected]
Riverview Elementary
Carson Johnson
  Kilough Elementary
Tania Hand
[email protected]
Robinson Elementary
Tiffany Turner
[email protected] 
Middle/Junior High Schools
  Dawson County Middle
Courtney Midgett
Stephanie Moore
[email protected]
Dawson County Junior High
Lainie Esber

High School
  Dawson County High
Melissa Gilstrap
[email protected]


GA Department of Education Title III/ESOL
World Class Instructional Design and Assessment (WIDA)
FY23 Dawson County ESOL Handbook

District Title III-A & ESOL Contact
Mrs. Denise Reynolds
Director of Federal Programs, Assessment, & Accountability
(706) 265 - 3246 ext. 1038

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