For over 10 years, Urban Promise Academy has offered a zero period of designated ELD to “boost” the language and literacy development of Long-term ELLs. Known as "Morning Boost", it is one of the reasons UPA consistently has some of the district’s strongest reclassification rates and academic outcomes for ELLs. We caught up with two UPA students, Melissa and Miralda, to hear about how they are benefitting from the class. See below for some highlights and here for the full interview!
Melissa: [Morning Boost] helps me because when we are doing some particular questions, the teacher has us read it aloud and we notice our mistakes, and that helps my writing skills. It’s good because you get to talk more because there are less people, so you want to open up more and talk....We are trying to talk academically, so that’s when I know I have to be academic in certain places.
Miralda: When I’m in a small group, I mostly talk more because the teacher gives more attention since it’s a small group. I enjoy [Morning Boost] because I can express my thoughts which might not happen in a big class with lots of students... when I didn’t have this class, I was shy and didn’t want to express myself. It shows me there’s no wrong or right answers.