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English as a
Second Language

English as a
Second Language

  • OUR VISION
    We invest in inclusive quality instruction that honors students’ racial, cultural and linguistic assets.

    OUR MISSION
    We prepare educators at PPS with the perspectives and resources needed to ensure that every EB is ready to succeed in our schools and thrive in our community.

    ?? - Español, 503-956-4140 | Việt ngữ, 503-320-5354 | 廣東話/팹繫話,503-956-7329 - ??
    971-201-0419 العربية ‬| Oromoo fi Amhaaraa, 971-271-2128
    Русский, 503-956-2588 | Somali, 503-956-8323 | Maay-Maay 503-916-3377

  • ESL Temporary Welcome Centers are now closed

    Begining Ausgust, all IPT Testing will take place at schools. The registration form (Home Language Survey information entered into Synergy) will trigger a call from the ESL Assessors to the individual school’s Secretary to arrange a time to assess the student.

    If you encounter parents/guardians who do not speak/understand English and need assistance completing the Registration Form, please:

    1. Use available and relevant resources/staff in your building to make the family feel welcome in during registration.
    2. Contact the Translation and Interpretation Services (TIS) Department at (503) 916-3254 to arrange further support.

    Please remember if parents/guardians speak Spanish, Chinese, Russian, Vietnamese, or Somali and need assistance, the TIS Department will provide the needed language within a 24 hour turnaround. Any other language will be within a 48 hour turnaround.

    For schools with staff who have been recently trained in IPT administration, please contact the ESL Department to PONY materials and a list of students in need of testing to that staff member. It is essential that we only test students from that list.

    If you have any students that you or your staff think may need testing, please email their name and ID number to Susanne Fernow.


  • Community Agent Support Services group photo

    To submit a request for Community Agent Support, click here.


Oregon ELL Report

  • The Oregon English Language Learner Report is an annual publication required by law (ORS 327.016), which reports on financial information for English language learner programs, the objectives and needs of students eligible for and enrolled in an English language learner program, as well as provides information on the demographics of students in English language learner programs in each school district. In addition, this report provides a tool that makes data on English language learners accessible to researchers, media, students, and parents.


    El Informe sobre los estudiantes del idioma inglés de Oregon es una publicación anual obligatoria por ley (ORS 327.016), que brinda información financiera de los programas para estudiantes del idioma inglés (English language learner, ELL), los objetivos y las necesidades de los estudiantes elegibles para un programa para estudiantes del idioma inglés y que están inscrito en uno y brinda los datos demográficos de estudiantes en programas de este tipo en cada distrito escolar.

ESL Contacts

Veronica Magallanes
ESL Director
(503) 916-6525
Eric Tong
Director’s Secretary
(503) 916-2000 Ext. 74945
Lisa Blount
Assistant Director
(503) 916-3602
Klarissa Hightower
Assistant Director
(503) 916-3216
Kathrine Hu
Special Programs Administrator
(503) 916-3147