ESL to Go designed a mobile classroom to offer English as a Second Language instruction to adults. The program produces its own adult-learning curricula, instructional approach, and assessments. Its leadership team hired Indikus to complete a needs assessment and goal-setting process that would lead to a long-term plan.
Indikus designed the project to be completed in three phases:
- community needs assessment
- curriculum review
- planning process (see figure at right for details)
As a result, ESL to Go had a clear line of sight and long-term plan improving its services. The organization used the plan to secure several grants, develop partnerships, systematically coordinate with students, revamp its instructional materials, and achieved its ambitious goals sooner than planned. Indikus was subsequently hired to perform a similar project for ESL to Go’s sponsoring state agency, the Tennessee Foreign Language Institute.
We completely trusted Indikus throughout the entire process and are incredibly pleased with the final result.
– Leah Hashinger, ESL to Go Program Manager
ESL to Go Project Details
Community Needs Assessment—Indikus brokered community members’, students’, teachers’, curriculum planners’, and sponsor’s insights. Combining interviews and document reviews, we identified barriers to student retention, service priorities for students, leverageable community assets, and partnership opportunities with other organizations. In addition, each group of stakeholders offered recommendations for improving ESL to Go’s services.
Curriculum Review—Indikus used a custom rubric to review the program curriculum (including its scope, sequence, pacing, use of formative assessment). The review was augmented with outcome data from student final assessments.
Planning Process—Indikus worked with ESL to Go’s leadership team to ransform critical findings from the needs assessment into a three-year plan. The process generated priorities such as curriculum and assessment enhancements, student retention measures, and partnership-building strategies. The plan also included a suite of progress monitoring tools.