English Language LearnersDistrict 31's English Language Learner (ELL) Department believes all children of limited English proficiency are capable of academic excellence. It is our mission to develop programs that will nurture, support and foster that excellence. We believe cultural differences add to and strengthen the fabric of our school and community. The state requirements on how eligibility for ELL/Bilingual Services is determined are summarized below.
ELL at Winkelman
The focus of the Winkelman English Language Learners (ELL) program is to help each student to speak and understand English along with developing their skill as a reader and writer of English. The goal is to transition a student out of ELL as soon as his/her skill level matches that of their non-ELL peers. Students are placed in the ELL program based on their scores on a language proficiency test called the ACCESS as well as the MODEL language screener. Parents, classroom teachers and ELL staff meet together to discuss students’ progress . Students are assessed regularly to ensure proper placement and to better meet individual needs. After consultation, parents may, upon written request, remove their child from the ELL program.
Beginning ELL Instruction
Beginning LEP (Limited English Proficient) students participate in an ELL class which meets from thirty minutes to two hours a day based on individual student needs. Korean and Spanish students also receive some instruction in their native language. The ELL (English Language Learners) instruction is presented through a pullout program that works to develop Basic Interpersonal Communication Skills (B.I.C.S.). The focus is on reading, writing, listening, speaking and comprehension skill development in English. WIDA English Language Development Standards are the basis of skill development for this program.
Intermediate ELL Instruction
Modified instruction for intermediate LEP (Limited English Proficient) students is also presented and emphasizes skill development in reading, writing, listening, speaking and comprehension skills, within the content area of Language Arts. Additional support for math, science, social studies and health may also be provided. The focus of this program is on the acquisition of higher level thinking skills presented in a modified format. Common Core State Standards as well as the WIDA English Language Development Standards are the cornerstone of this program.Sheltered Instruction Classrooms at WinkelmanIn addition to instructional resource support through the ELL/Bilingual department, Winkelman School maintains sheltered instruction classrooms for English language learners in Kindergarten and 1st grade. The purpose of these general education classrooms is to provide a literacy-rich environment in which students will have opportunities to engage in the language with content and language objectives. These classrooms are distinct in that the pacing and content is adapted for English learning, with visuals, kinesthetic activities and instruction designed to integrate all language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) yet still providing the rigor of our district curriculum. These classrooms are taught by general education teachers who have taken additional professional coursework in current ELL education and philosophy and have support, guidance and co-teaching opportunities with the ELL/Bilingual staff.
ELL at Field
At Field School, students are placed in the ELL program based on their scores on language proficiency tests such as the ACCESS and MODEL as well as academic assessments such as the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC), Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) Tests, teacher recommendations, classroom performance, and parent/student request. Students are assessed at least twice a year to ensure proper placement and to better meet individual needs. The goal is to transition a student out of ELL as soon as his/her skill level matches that of their non-ELL peers, with minimal support.Sheltered Academic SupportSheltered ELA is a two period block for ELL students emphasizing skill development in reading, writing, listening, speaking and comprehension skills. Sheltered Social Studies is a one period sheltered class for ELL students in the content area of either 6th grade World Studies or 7th/8th grade American History. The curriculum parallels that of the regular classroom and is taught in English. The focus of this program is on the acquisition of Cognitive Academic Language Proficiency Skills (C.A.L.P.S.). Research indicates acquisition time for C.A.L.P.S. is 3-7 years. Common Core goals and objectives are the cornerstone of this program. As well, ELL students meet one period a day for an additional period of resource support in all subject areas.