DIRECTOR: Anne Auger
617 394 2400 (interpreters available)
PARENT LIAISON: Rixy Reyes-Oseguera
617 394 2490 (Spanish, interpreters available)
Our English Learners are critical thinkers who bring many strengths and a wealth of experience to their classes. Their motivation for learning is truly inspirational. While we develop their proficiency skills in English, and ex-pand their knowledge in all subject areas, we want to strengthen the link between parents and guardians with the schools. If you have any questions about our English Learner programming please call us!
TECHNOLOGY AND CONVENIENCE
At the 8th Grade Parent night at EHS parents were offered individual radios to listen to the presentation in Spanish, Portuguese or Haitian Creole. Parents can be seen wearing these radios with blue lanyards. We hope to use these radios at future presentations to ensure all families have access to our information sessions in a convenient setting!
FALL 2019 NEWSLETTER
The theme for this newsletter is, “Everett English Learners Reaching New Heights” because of the inspiring work we are seeing from our Els already this school year, and it is only the beginning! Our English Learner Community is also “reaching new heights” with our enrollment! We are up to 2,007 English Learners in Everett in grades Pre-K through 12!
Throughout this edition, you will see samples of Els engaged in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) projects that require creative problem solving and lots of group collaboration. English Learners thrive in this arena.
You’ll also see examples of English Learners giving group presentations to their peers, creating websites and robots, and developing their writing. In addition, English Learners are engaging in career skills in our high school’s academy model including carpentry and culinary.
At the Lafayette, Parlin, Whittier and Keverian Schools we are continuing to grow our co-teaching model. In these schools, our English Learners receive instruction form a classroom teacher and an English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher in the same room. The results impress me every-day. Our English Learners are working with the same content as the Non-English Learners in their grade levels. They are engaged and excited to work with their peers.
I hope you visit your child's school for conferences and special events through the year so you can see their work displayed and hear their teach-er’s pride in their accomplishments. I feel fortunate to see them in action every day.
EL FAMILY NIGHT
Families of English Learners came to enjoy resources, food, raffles, games and prizes at the EL Family Night at the Parlin School on October 10, 2019. Families learned their child's English Level and the school's growth goals for each student. Children participated in Math, Science and vocabulary games to show off their developing English. Parents signed up for free English Classes and met their childrens' teachers.
Parlin School first grader Ana Clara De Souza and fifth grader Eluiza De Souza.
EHS student Estafani Sorto and her mother, Maria Sorto.
Parlin School second grader Ruan Barbosa De Assis and his father, Ricardo Barbosa.
Fourth-grade ESL teacher Patricia Speros plays a game with students and families.
The EPS has transitioned from instructing English Learners in grades K-5 in separate settings with separate curricula to inclusive practices in the elementary classroom that leverage the co-teaching of a classroom teacher and an English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher. All students receive the rigorous, standard aligned Reach for Reading Curricula. Before, many English Learners received curricula during ESL class that was not aligned with grade level content, and did not target the skills necessary to master the MCAS assessments. Now, ESL teachers utilize the fiction and non-fiction texts to develop both content and language simultaneously. This is an accelerated model of learning, that achieves academic mastery not with years of remediation, but rather with access to engaging, grade-level content with strategic language supports. ELs interact with Native English Speakers throughout the day, and both groups benefit from diverse classrooms with diverse worldviews and experiences.
In grades 6-8, we now have standalone English as a Second Language (ESL) classes for our middle school English Learners that utilize the National Geographic INSIDE curricula. This curricula is responsive to the needs of ELs in 6-8 because it develops language alongside age appropriate fiction and non-fiction. Like our elementary model, we use curricula that is aligned with MCAS skills so our English Learners, no matter where they are in their language development, access higher order thinking and are able to succeed on standardized tests. ESL teachers also have opportunities in their schedule to support ELs in Math and/or Science. Before, middle school ELs were not placed in travel groups based on their English proficiency. Now, at the Parlin and Keverian schools, Level 1, 2 and 3 ELs travel together. This has strengthened Math, Science and History instruction to meet the needs of these students. Middle school content teachers work closely with their grade-level ESL teachers to plan differentiated instruction, and EPS has offered several rounds of professional development and coaching support to meet the needs of these homogenous groups. All middle school teachers take ownership for teaching their content in addition to the language of their content to ELs.