English Learner Program Overview

  • The English learner (EL) program provides English language instruction, supplemental curriculum materials, and other related services to students who lack the English skills needed to succeed in the core curriculum due to a non-English language background.

    GUIDING PRINCIPLES

    • English learners (ELs) are everyone's responsibility.
    • EL students need to be provided meaningful access to core content and curriculum.
    • EL students need explicit and effective English language instruction in reading, writing, listening, and speaking.
    • Students who come from a non-majority language, culture, and/or racial background require instruction that is relevant to their culture and learning needs.
    • Social-emotional development and cognitive development are related processes that contribute to students' success in school and beyond.
    • The cultures and languages of English learners are a valuable resource to be leveraged for schooling and classroom life, not only to encourage learner agency for English learners but to positively impact the classroom environment by offering new global perspectives.
    • The EL program uses sound theory, research-based programs, and authentic evidence to inform decisions.
    • First and foremost, teachers must hold high expectations for their success.
    • Students come first!

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