Teresa Vignaroli, Supervisor
Heather Crawford, EL Instructional Specialist
Gabriella D. Hash, EL Professional Learning Specialist
Veronica Cuadrado Hart, EL Family & Community Engagement Coordinator
Victor Yager, Dual Language Assessor
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 the 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. Due to the COVID19 Pandemic, the Welcome Center is now offering many of their services remotely. However, they will be reopening for assessments soon. The Assessment Team will be working, temporarily, out of Discovery Elementary School. Please see the Welcome Center page for specific details.
2020 Secondary EL Summer School
2020 English Learner Middle & High School Newcomer Summer Program
The EL Summer School program is a half day program that focuses on language development for EL students, Levels 1.0-2.5, in sixth through twelfth grades. Small groups of students meet in self-contained classrooms with an experienced language teacher. Students will engage in meaningful activities to improve their reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills. Students who have been recommended by their EL teacher are eligible to attend. Please see the documents below for more information regarding the middle and high school newcomer programs. A parent registration link will be posted below prior to the registration period opening.
LIEP 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 Language Instruction Education Program (LIEP) eligibility.Federally approved WIDA assessments are used to determine EL eligibility and provide parents and educators information regarding a student’s English skills.
LIEP by Grade LevelElementary School - EL students enrolled in kindergarten are eligible to attend school full-day. All students identified as EL will receive LIEP (Language Instruction Educational Program) 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.
Family & Community EngagementClick on the links below to view parent resources:Family Resource Guide (English)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
The Parents as Educational Partners (PEP) program in LCPS promotes parent involvement in the school community for parents whose primary language is not English. PEP program participants attend classes to learn about the educational system in the United States and LCPS, gaining information that will enable them to be decision makers and advocates in their children’s education.
- 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.