News and Announcements

Important Announcement

What: ACT-ESL Summer Institute
ESL Instructional Strategies for Secondary content teachers

Who: Secondary content teachers of English, math, science, social studies. We will include pre-service teachers

When: August 13-17, 2012 (August 16th is a CCPS professional development day and we will excuse those who are attending that), 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Where: Fulghum Center

Other benefits: CCPS grants 30 recertification points for this training

Teacher Application

2012 Summer Institutes

Contact info:, phone 827.2616 or 827.0351

Powerpoint Presentations

Recruitment Presentation

Enhancing SIOP

Managing Instruction

The Vocabulary LINCing Routine

June 2011: ACT-ESL completes its fourth and final Summer Institute

The fourth ACT-ESL Summer Institute was completed June 20-24, 2011 at Manchester Middle School. Fifty (50) content teachers from Chesterfield, Henrico, and Prince George Counties completed the Summer Institute. Read story

Past Event Files

Teaching Demonstration,
February 23, 2012

English Lessons
Math Lessons
Science Lessons
Social Studies Lessons

Teaching Demonstration,
February 24, 2011

English Lessons
Math Lessons
Science Lessons
Social Studies Lessons

Post-Seminar, April 22, 2010

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Teaching Demonstration,
March 18, 2010

English Lessons
Math Lessons
Science Lessons
Social Studies Lessons

Chesterfield exceeds LEP AMAO’s for 2008-2009 school year.

More details.

New Resource

Bilingual Glossaries

Professional Development Opportunities

ACT-ESL has three exciting professional development opportunities for you to consider! We want to continue to support you and help you grow in and out of the classroom.

Implementation of ESL Strategies

Welcome to ACT-ESL

ACT-ESL Events

The number of LEP (Limited English Proficiency) students in Virginia has increased greatly in recent years. Chesterfield County Public Schools, the fourth largest school system in the state, has had an increase in the documented number of LEP students by the Virginia Department of Education of more than 6 times in the past ten years.

The goal of The ACT-ESL (Assisting, Collaborating, Teaching ESL Secondary Content-area Teachers) Project at VCU is to provide a path to success for the content-area teachers who work with English Language Learners (ELLs) as well as a path to academic success of ELLs.

The ACT-ESL Project, funded by U.S. Department of Education, was first developed in 2007 and will continue through 2012. ACT-ESL provides ESL instructional training programs to secondary (grades 6-12) teachers of math, science, social studies, and English/language arts.

ACT-ESL training provides high-quality, focused, and sustained professional development opportunities. Accordingly, ACT-ESL will provide services and activities largely in three areas:

  1. Summer Institute
  2. Follow-ups with technical assistance
  3. Building of professional learning communities

The partner local educational agency of this project is Chesterfield County Public Schools.

Please visit the eligibility page for further information on the project and information on participation eligibility for the training and incentives.




Contact Information

Physical Address Mailing Address
Assisting, Collaborating, and Training
ESL Content Teachers
VCU School of Education
6-8 N. Harrison St.
Richmond, VA 23220-4813
Oliver Hall
School of Education, VCU
PO Box 842020
1015 West Main Street
Richmond, VA 23284

Phone number: 804.827.2664
Fax: 804.828.1326

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