Elementary English Learners Program
A content-based, Supportive Mainstream instructional model is used in our elementary schools. In this model, students spend their day in a regular classroom. Classroom teachers facilitate whole group, small group and individual support using Sheltered Instruction strategies, such as Project GLAD (Guided Language Acquisition Design) to support their EL students. In addition, EL specialists provide on-going support through co-teacher, co-planning, instructional coaching, consulting, and collaborative assessment.
Although the primary responsibility for language instruction resides with the classroom teacher, our EL Specialists work within the school’s Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) teams to provide and/or facilitate language interventions for those students most in need. As the basis for service, EL teachers and paraprofessionals push into the classroom to help students develop academic language, and/or provide other interventions as needed, to be successful in their class. In addition, students may receive short-term intervention specific to language development through a small group, pull-out instructional model.