The following services are available to students who qualify as English Learners. Every EL student receives an Individualized Learning Plan (ILP) based on his/her language proficiency and academic needs. Each student is given a Language Proficiency Level (LEP) based on his/her performance on the ACCESS for ELs test.
The student leaves the classroom to receive one-on-one/small group English language instruction. Students are pulled at a mutually-agreed upon time so they miss minimal class instruction. Topics may include social/academic English vocabulary, English reading and writing, math, homework support, etc.
EL staff comes into the classroom to work with the students. They work with students in small groups in collaboration with the classroom teacher. EL staff can collaborate with mainstream teachers and go into classes with struggling students in order to offer modified instruction as well as support the students in the class.
The EL staff administers and provides all testing for newcomers through the WIDA Screener. EL staff also provides accommodations on state assessments (FORWARD, ACT, etc.), semester final exams, as well as administers the annual ACCESS for ELs English language proficiency test.
EL staff helps students put together their schedules. They work with staff to cluster students whenever possible and place them with similar teachers.
Teachers modify assignments and assessments, as well as the way they teach to make the content more understandable. They use additional pictures, carefully adjust their speech, provide individual help, repeat directions, etc. These accommodations do not change the content students are required to learn.
The Sheboygan Falls School District employs an EL Teacher who provides translation/interpretation services to students, parents, and staff in English and Spanish. Additional support in other languages is also available.
The EL staff monitors the student’s academic progress, reviewing English and academic testing results and classroom teacher reports/grades. Parents will be notified if the EL teacher identifies that the student may be in need of additional EL or Special Education support to ensure successful academic progress.
The EL staff works with the mainstream teaching staff in order to empower them and provide them with good strategies and modification techniques to help them work with students whose first language is other than English. The EL staff provides advice and suggestions to the teachers working with the students, and also help to modify and differentiate instruction, assignments, and assessments.
The EL staff supports students in their desire for enrichment and their pursuit of higher education. Staff members help students and families register for summer school and enrichment activities/workshops, apply for scholarships and financial aid, fill out college applications, etc.
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