Educating English Learners
SUPPORTING OUR STUDENTS learning English in PA
As we continue to utilize novel instructional delivery systems this school
year, let's remember that our non-negotiables in educating English Learners should remain as:
1. Maintaining equitable instruction daily with required accommodations
2. Emphasizing core content and language acquisition connections, and including language
acquisition objectives for each core content lesson
3. Encouraging and supporting meaningful collaboration between core content teachers and EL
teacher specialists (as well as other important team members), while adjusting EL supports as
4. Spearheading communication/engagement opportunities with EL families in formats that they can understand
LEARN ABOUT ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS: LEGAL SUPPORTS
The PA Department of Education: 22 PA. Code §4.26
Every school district shall provide a program for each student whose dominant language is not English for the purpose of facilitating the student's achievement of English proficiency and the academic standards under § 4.12 (relating to academic standards). Programs under this section shall include appropriate bilingual-bicultural or English as a second language (ESL) instruction.
As used here, the term "program" refers to:
- planned English language development instruction by a qualified ESL/Bilingual Education teacher, and
- adaptations/modifications in the delivery of content instruction and assessments by all teachers based on students' language proficiency levels and the Pennsylvania English Language Development Standards (PA ELDS) Framework for ELs as well as the Pennsylvania academic standards.
EQUITABLE INSTRUCTION WITH REQUIRED ACCOMMODATIONS
WHERE DO I START?
Language Development & Academic Connections
WIDA Guiding Principles of Language Development
MORE PLACES TO GO & GROW
All About Us: The Northwest Tri-County Intermediate Unit 5
As a regional educational service agency, IU5 provides cost-effective programs and services for the 17 public school districts and nonpublic schools in Crawford, Erie, and Warren counties, located in northwestern Pennsylvania.
The Northwest Tri-County Intermediate Unit 5 is one of 29 intermediate units throughout Pennsylvania, which were created in 1971 to provide services to school districts in ways that create cost savings and efficiencies in the delivery of services and programs for students and staff. IU5 plays an important role in providing substantial support services to the administrators, teachers, families and students in the 17 tri-county school districts that comprise IU5.
Our staff of over 400 provides services to 4,557 educators and a student population of 62,512. IU5's service areas - Early Intervention/Mental Health Services, Financial Services, School Improvement Services, Special Education Services, and Innovative Technology Solutions are highlighted on our Web pages.
The Intermediate Unit's website will introduce you to our many services which continuously improve the quality of programs available to students.