2016 Award Recipient
Barb Krukowski’s leadership has been evident throughout her ESL career as she moved from part-time ESL instructor in the late 1980’s to full time Manager of Languages and Newcomer Services with The Centre for Skills Development and Training, an affiliate of Halton District School Board. Under her leadership the program grew from a handful of teachers to a team of 42; teachers, settlement workers, childcare staff, coordinators and support staff. As opportunities arose that enabled The Centre to expand its services to the immigrant community, Barb seized the chance to broaden the scope of her work and The Centre’s programming to include LINC and ESL classes, Job Search Workshops, Enhanced Language Training, Specialized Language Training in the Workplace, and settlement services in 5 Halton locations, serving as many as 4000 learners and clients annually.
Recognizing the need for a standard curriculum that was suitable for adult ESL learners prior to the development of LINC Curriculum Guidelines, Barb collaborated with a group of Peel and Halton colleagues to develop Peel-Halton ESL Curriculum Guidelines. She also took the lead in the development and writing of “The LINC Companion” in 2009, a resource binder to assist ESL learners as they mastered their English language skills and learned about their community resources. “The LINC Companion” informed the content of The Portfolio Based Language Assessment (PBLA) binder currently in use throughout Ontario.
Barb has been a recognized leader in the ESL community for many years, having chaired the Halton and Peel LINC partnerships for several years and Halton Newcomer Strategy, Halton’s Local Immigrant Partnership, until recently. Barb has been a member of TESL Ontario since beginning her ESL career, holding several positions in the Peel-Halton-Etobicoke Affiliate Chapter, and then moving to the TESL Ontario Executive Board in a variety of roles. As the provincial board investigated and evolved to a governance model, Barb was involved throughout the transition and served 4 years under the new model.
Barb is passionate about professional development and has delivered countless presentations at her local TESL affiliate chapter, and at Ontario Association of Continuing Education School Board Administrators (CESBA) and annual TESL Ontario conferences. Since 2008 her passion for, and support of, professional development has been focused on her role as chair of TESL Ontario’s Conference Committee, a position she continues to hold, although she retired from her position of Manager of Languages and Newcomer Services in August of 2015.