MISSION: The Division of English Learners is dedicated to empowering ELs to make meaningful contributions to the world by providing ELs with the necessary language skills to become independent, productive, and successful members of society.
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.”