Bilingual Education and World Languages

BILINGUAL EDUCATION AND WORLD LANGUAGES

Our English language learners have also had a disruption of their daily lives. These students will need additional supports to rebalance and refocus on the task of learning and being productive in the school community. The goal remains for English learners to achieve the same rigorous grade-level academic standards that are expected of all students, within a reasonable period of time. To accomplish these goals, all English learners must receive a comprehensive program of designated and integrated English language development instruction targeted to their proficiency level, and appropriate academic instruction in a language acquisition program.

Plan for Reopening

We will:

  • Complete the English Language Learner (ELL) identification process within 30 school days of the start of the school year for all students who entered during the March 2019-September 2020 timeframe
  • Following this, we will resume regulatory identification processes, which require screening and identification to take place within 10 school days after initial enrollment
  • Provide all identified ELL students with regulatory services based on their English language proficiency level as measured by the NYSITELL (new entrants) or the 2018-2019 NYSESLAT assessment
  • Communicate regularly with parents and guardians. This will include providing parents with comprehensive opening plans and training to use the technology tools (Teams and SeeSaw) that may be used for remote learning
  • Communication will be provided in the preferred language or mode of communication
  • Continue to provide professional development to all teaching staff on topics related to teaching ELL students in remote and hybrid environments
  • Utilize iReady diagnostic in grades K -8 as an assessment and progress monitoring tools to determine English learning loss during COVID-19
  • Utilize the district’s process for identifying and monitoring social/emotional wellbeing on all students, including ELLs
  • Determine need for technology and Internet to support home learning
  • Train ELL students to utilize the specific technology tools that will be used during any remote and/or hybrid learning situations
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