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BCF TEACHER EDUCATION DIVISION HOST EDUCATION SYMPOSIUM

The Teacher Education Division of The Baptist College of Florida (BCF) in Graceville, hosted the Fall 2021 Education Symposium on September 16, 2021. The event was held in the Kinchen Center and featured BCF Professor and Career Educator Dr. Terri L. Mossgrove.

Mossgrove is a career educator and researcher that focuses on providing meaningful and equitable educational opportunities for diverse student populations specifically multilingual learners. She has worked with students in Pre-K-12 schools, adult literacy, and English for Academic Purposes (EAP). Currently, she serves as the English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Adjunct Professor at The Baptist College of Florida as well as being a Professional Learning Specialist for World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment (WIDA) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

During the symposium, participants considered how Florida standards and the WIDA English Language Development Standards Framework fit together. Participants also explored the five components of ELD standards, the Key Language Uses (KLUs), and their corresponding language functions along with their features which are organized by grade level and content area. The four main topics discussed by Mossgrove were equity of opportunity and access, integration of content and language, functional approach to language development, and collaboration among stakeholders.

“I believe this education symposium was the best one I have attended since coming to The Baptist College of Florida,” stated BCF Senior Kerrie Edwards. “Having taken all of the ESOL courses taught by Professor Mossgrove, it was nice to finally put a face to the name. The entire workshop was exciting because I actually knew the information that she was talking about and was able to put it into practice. Being this far in the education program, I have had numerous chances to work with students who have an ELL background. I believe the information from the symposium will not only help me in my future classroom, but will give me new insight on how to better help students in their everyday normal activities.”

BCF equips students for careers in teaching, counseling, as pastors, youth leaders, worship leaders, business owners, missionaries, and so much more, but most importantly BCF professors care about the students and instill in them everything they will need to be successful in the future. If you would like more information on the Teacher Education Division at The Baptist College of Florida, please call 800.328.2660 or visit the website at www.baptistcollege.edu.
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