Elementary Program Model
The goal of each model is to provide access to core content and develop English academic literacy. We utilize two primary support models to serve ELLs in the elementary grades: Ell Pull-Out in conjunctions with Sheltered Classrooms.
During a scheduled time that does not interfere with core instruction, ELL students go to the ELL room to receive specific, targeted language instruction to increase their academic fluency.
- Group sizes are smaller for more individualized language instruction
- Instructors know their ELL students' language strengths and needs based on their ELPA21/WIDA scores and established rapport with students
- Instruction is scaffolded using National Geographic and Hampton Brown's Reach curriculum
- Focus on literacy and writing using Reach curriculum and supplemental texts and books
Elma Elementary School has committed to implementing the SIOP model in general education classrooms to support ELL students access to the language of instruction. In SIOP classes:
- Instruction embeds language support through content delivery
- There is an emphasis on building background knowledge to mitigate learning gaps
- Classroom teacher knows their ELL students' language strengths and needs based on their ELPA21/WIDA scores and established rapport with students
- The classroom teachers trained in SIOP will receive additional support to effectively implement and support their ELL students in the classroom
- The classroom teacher will plan and deliver instruction for English language development within the literacy core and beyond
- Instruction is scaffolded to ensure ELL students access to core content and curriculum