English as a Second Language (ESL)

Who: ESL services are offered to any student defined as an English Language Learner (ELL). 
What: ESL services provide support to ELLs enrolled in a general education classroom by a certified ESL teacher or a Bilingual Resource Teacher (BRT) in collaboration with the general education teacher.  The language of instruction in general education classrooms is English.  ESL services are supports that supplement students in general education and are not a separate program in which students participate. ESL support looks different for each individual student based on their needs.
Purpose:  Ensure that ELLs become fully proficient in English and perform at grade level.  Depending on a student's background, proficiency in both areas may happen quickly or may take several years.  Becoming proficient is challenging for students starting at a low DPI level because language, vocabulary, and academic content becomes more advanced with each grade level. 

 

Developmental Bilingual Education - (DBE)

Spanish DBE Program

Who: DBE is offered to any Spanish-speaking English Language Learner (ELL) residing in an attendance area with a DBE program at their grade level. 
What:
DBE classrooms are comprised with Spanish-speaking students only.  Students receive instruction in their native language, Spanish, as well as in English following the 90:10 modelExisting DLI programs will continue their path in the 90:10 model. Incoming Kindergartners, for the 2016-2017 school year, will follow a 50:50 model. and each year the 50:50 model will move up one grade level. In 2017-18 DLI  Grade 5K and Grade 1 will follow the 50:50 model. Lessons are not provided in one language and then repeated in the other, but rather skills and knowledge taught in one language are reinforced in the other language through thematic teaching and attention to cross-linguistic development (taken from the Center for Applied Linguistics.)  Students are taught by a bilingual teacher who is not only certified in elementary education, but is also certified in bilingual education.  Students are integrated with native English-speakers for specials, lunch/recess, and/or through a "buddy classroom."
Purpose: Students learn literacy and academic content in both languages.  Spanish-speakers become fully English proficient and grade level proficient while simultaneously maintaining and developing their native language. 

 

Hmong DBE Program

 

Who: DBE is offered to any Hmong-speaking English Language Learner (ELL) residing in an attendance area with a DBE program at their grade level.  

What: DBE classrooms are comprised of Hmong-speaking students only.  Students receive instruction in their native language, Hmong, as well as in English following the 50:50 model. Lessons are not provided in one language and then repeated in the other, but rather skills and knowledge taught in one language are reinforced in the other language through thematic teaching and attention to cross-linguistic development (taken from the Center for Applied Linguistics.)  Students are taught by a bilingual teacher who is not only certified in elementary education, but is also certified in bilingual education.  Students are integrated with native English-speakers for specials, lunch/recess, and/or through a "buddy classroom."

Purpose: Students learn literacy and academic content in both languages. Hmong-speakers become fully English Proficient and grade level proficient while simultaneously maintaining and developing their native language. 

  

Dual Language Immersion (DLI)

Who: DLI is an elective program open to any student in the district, however, it is only offered at certain schools and grade levels.  There is an application and lottery process to be admitted into the program.  The DLI program is filled with approximately 50% Spanish-speaking students and approximately 50% English-speaking students.
What: In a
DLI program, classroom instruction is provided in both Spanish and English. Existing DLI programs will continue their path in the 90:10 model. Incoming Kindergartners, for the 2016-2017 school year, will follow a 50:50 model. and each year the 50:50 model will move up one grade level. In 2017-18 DLI  Grade 5K and Grade 1 will follow the 50;50 model.  Lessons are not provided in one language and then repeated in the other, but rather skills and knowledge taught in one language are reinforced in the other language through thematic teaching and attention to cross-linguistic development (taken from the Center for Applied Linguistics.)  Students are taught by a bilingual teacher  who is not only certified in elementary education, but is also certified in bilingual education. The classrooms are comprised of approximately 50% native Spanish-speaking students and approximately 50% native English-speaking students/ELLs of non-Spanish background.  

PurposeStudents learn literacy and academic content in both languages.  Every student acts as a model for their native language and a learner of the second language.  In other words, all students maintain their native language while acquiring a second language.  This program promotes bilingualism and positive cross-cultural attitudes.