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Statement of Program Goals and Objectives

 

The Altoona Area School District’s English as a Second Language (ESL) Program seeks to ensure that all students are provided with a quality education. The AASD utilizes the PDE BEC for ESL as the primary source for its program goals and objectives. The goals for the English as a Second Language Program are to:

  • Teach Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing skills to each student in the English as a Second Language (ESL) Program.
  • Facilitate English language acquisition through the communication skills used to read, write, speak and understand others and reinforce the general education curriculum.
  • Assist all English Learners (ELs) in accessing content area instruction while learning English, so they can remain at grade level and make progress toward grade level competency in content areas.
  • Incorporate students into content classes using multiple assessment criteria.
  • Monitor for two years the progress of former ELs who have exited the ESL Program to determine if additional alternative language instruction is needed.
  • Familiarize the EL with the varied cultures and customs of the United States while promoting their own ethnic pride.
  • Help the EL student to learn and understand the social behaviors of school and community and to use the appropriate language and behavior to communicate and interact successfully.
  • Communicate consistently with regular classroom teachers, school administrators and counselors, pertinent support staff, and parents to address the learning and emotional needs of EL students in a holistic manner.
  • Meet yearly with school-based ESL Teams (ESL Teacher, Content Teachers, Guidance, Administrator and other relevant personnel) to determine if the ESL student is making progress.
  • Evaluate PHLOTEs with the WIDA Screener to determine ESL enrollment, placement, and instruction.
  • Assess ESL student yearly with the WIDA ACCESS for ELLs 2.0.
 
 
by Jennifer Alicandri
June 27th, 2016 | 10:58am
 
When the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was signed on December 10, 2015, reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (which was amended by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001), it changed the terminology: our students are now called English Learners (ELs), no longer ELL, LEP, or ESL. There are many other changes to, or extensions of, NCLB that will impact English learners and the districts serving them.
 
 
Other Definitions for ELL or LEP Students:

 

Staff

All staff are responsible for the fair and equitable education for ELs. We are a community of teachers fostering growth in a community of learners. 

 

Contact Persons:

 

Patty Burlingame

Asst. Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction

814-946-8365

 

Haley Fleegle

Federal Programs Director

814-946-8426

 

Jonelle Dongilla

ESL Program Specialist

Elementary, Pre-K to 6th grade

814-946-8397, ext. 5106

 

Brandy Juart

ESL Program Specialist, Family Consumer Sciences

Junior & Senior High, 7th to 12th grade

814-381-7500, ext. 7213

 
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