Progress on our ELL ROADMAP!
The Roadmap to ELL Achievement is our strategic plan to improve the outcomes and experiences of all our multilingual learners. Here we present an End-of-Year Report
that takes stock of our progress and lays out the work to come.
The Roadmap's four priorities grounds our work. See below for some highlights and click on the image to the right to see more detail!
1. Advance Quality Instruction. In 2018-19 alone, we provided over 700 hours of PD, including Foundational PD (ALLAS and GLAD) and Differentiated PD Pathways for a diversity of teaching contexts and levels of teacher experience.
2. Meet the Needs of the Whole Child. Our grant-funded Newcomer Wellness Initiative is well underway at the 13 secondary schools with specialized newcomer programming. Additionally, we support the district's Sanctuary work to ensure our schools are equipped to create welcoming and safe environments for all students.
3. Enhance and Enrich Language Programs. (Multilingual Pathways, Newcomer Programs and LTEL Supports).
- Multilingual Programs: 2018-19 saw huge progress in our systems-level work including investment in a Dual Language Arts curriculum, use of a multilingual assessment system, and the first year operationalizing the new Dual Language enrollment policy. Our years-long efforts are showing results: We awarded 134 students the Seal of Biliteracy, up from 87 the previous year!
- Newcomer Programs: We continue to focus on quality instruction and program design for our growing newcomer population - now over 3000 students! We are especially proud of efforts to build capacity of elementary educators to serve newcomers and to provide foundational literacy to high school newcomers with interrupted schooling.
- LTEL supports: Close to half of our middle and high schools are using ELL Shadowing to take a close look at the experience of the LTEL student experience, and we launched a design team to develop home-grown LTEL units focused on communication and debate.
4. Align Central Office Practices & Policies. We continue to align our work to the shifting landscape at the state, such as new reclassification criteria, and to strive to be in better service to schools. This includes the refinement and implementation of language-equity focused protocols and tools such as ELL Shadowing, the ELL Review, and ELL Snapshots.
We are excited to continue to partner with each of you to improve this critical and rewarding equity work. The full Roadmap and reports from past years can be found here!