ESL Teaching Hero Spotlight
Activities Inspired by Carol Salva
Below are strategies or activity ideas on Kid-Inspired Classroom that were either inspired by Carol Salva or that I know she supports. I will continue to add to this collection with time. You can find lots more from Carol by scrolling down below and checking out the articles and resources section.
Carol Salva Articles & Resources
Carol Salva is a kind and generous person who cares deeply about the teachers she seeks to help.
You wouldn't know it from meeting her now, but she made many of her teachers' lives difficult when she was a child. It is possible that she is trying to make up for that now by providing so much amazing support to teachers.
She co-authored the book Boosting Achievement which is an incredibly helpful book for understanding and supporting SLIFE students (Students with Limited or Interrupted Formal Education).
Her blog has tons of helpful articles on helping newcomers face the rigors of grade-level content.
Carol also does a wonderful podcast called Boosting Achievement ESL Podcast. You can find a link to all of the episodes here. You can also find it by searching for Boosting Achievement in your Podcasts app.
Carol Salva's Story
Carol lives in Houston, Texas with her husband and three children.
Carol struggled in school academically when she was a kid and relied on attributes such as perseverance and grit she learned from her immigrant parents. Those experiences certainly informed her decision to become an educator focusing on English learners.
She has won awards such as the Teacher fo the year Award in 2009 as well as the West Houston Chamber's "Christa McAuliffe-In Search of Excellence" Teacher of the Year award in 2010.
She works for Seidlitz Education which supports school districts with resources and training for teachers to help them better meed the needs of English learners. Everything I have seen from Seidlitz tells me that they are a company which puts their vision for making a difference first and foremost.
You can read more about Carol's background here.