Teresa Vignaroli, Supervisor
Heather Crawford, Instructional Specialist
Robert Donahue, Professional Development Facilitator
The EL program provides EL students with instruction in the English language by emphasizing listening, speaking, reading and writing skills through the use of a structured English language approach. EL students are provided services in models that best fit the linguistic level of each student while not compromising the grade level content and rigor. Likewise, service models are differentiated to best meet individual student needs in the most inclusive environment. A blend of age-appropriate, research-based instructional strategies, such as Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol (SIOP) and instruction in the WIDA English Language Development (ELD) Standards, allows ELs to access the content of the general education classroom. “The goal of English language proficiency standards is to build a foundation in the English language that will enable EL students to succeed in each academic content area.”
Welcome CenterThe Welcome Center of Loudoun County Public Schools helps families and students, registering with a language other than English, develop their personalized educational goals.
EL Services EligibilityWiDA, is the World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment (WIDA) Consortium is a non-profit cooperative of states working together to meet the federal requirements for English learners (ELs) with innovative standards and assessments.Federal law requires that states provide a screening and identification process to determine eligibility for students who may be in need of English-language support. Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) meets this requirement by asking families to complete the Home Language Information section of the LCPS registration form. If the answer to any of the questions indicates a language other than English, students are screened to determine English Learner (EL) eligibility.Federally approved WIDA assessments are used to determine EL eligibility and provide parents and educators information regarding a student’s English skills.Federal law requires that states provide a screening and identification process to determine eligibility for students who may be in need of English-language support. Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) meets this requirement by asking families to complete the Home Language Information section of the LCPS registration form. If the answer to any of the questions indicates a language other than English, students are screened to determine English Learner (EL) eligibility.Federally approved WIDA assessments are used to determine EL eligibility and provide parents and educators information regarding a student’s English skills.
EL Services by Grade LevelElementary - EL students enrolled in kindergarten are eligible to attend school full-day. All students identified as EL will receive EL services in their kindergarten classrooms. EL teachers will work with kindergarten teachers to provide services in the most inclusive manner possible.EL students spend the majority of their day in their classrooms with English-speaking peers. EL students are provided services through sheltered content instruction and/or co-teaching of core content subject areas, often through lessons based on the Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol (SIOP). The EL teacher works closely with the classroom teacher to provide the most appropriate services and to support the academic content being taught within a language framework. This is done by reinforcing academic vocabulary, using strategies specific to EL instruction, and by modifying and adapting materials, instruction, and curriculum based on individual student language needs. This service is available at the home school of each EL student.Middle School - To determine which services and programs are most appropriate for a middle school EL, consideration of a student's language proficiency level, grade level, and educational background is examined. A student may be placed within a co-teaching setting with the general education teacher collaborating with an EL Teacher to ensure the student acquires listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. Students with a lower proficiency level in English may be placed in an intensive language enriched classroom, while higher proficiency EL students may be placed in a general education setting with support provided by an EL teacher.High School - A variety of sheltered content courses are available to high school EL students. These courses allow students to receive instruction in English, reading, math, science, and social studies at an appropriate linguistic level. To best determine which services and programs are most appropriate for a high school EL, the following should be considered: proficiency level, grade level, and educational background. Additionally, a careful review of the student’s transcripts must be conducted to ensure appropriate course placement. For more information regarding course offerings, please refer to the High School Program of Studies.
Parent ResourcesClick on the links below to view parent resources:LCPS EL Program Handbook (English)LCPS EL Program Handbook (Spanish)Parents as Educational Partners (PEP) (English)Parents as Educational Partners (PEP) (Spanish)Colorin Colorado! - a bilingual site for families and educators of English language learners
How Parents of EL Students Can Help Their Children Learn
- Parents can volunteer at their children’s school and become involved in school events, activities, and programs.
- Parents can encourage their children to strive to achieve academically.
- Parents can provide a place to study and help with schoolwork.
- Parents can establish a partnership relationship with their children’s teacher.
- Parents can encourage their children to participate in school activities, to increase their interaction with peers, and to improve their social and academic language.
- Parent Liaisons and the Parent Center can help empower parents to become active participants in the education of their children.
- Parents can get involved at their schools - join Parents as Educational Partners (PEP). See links to brochures on the left.