• Milford Public School District

    English Learner Program

    Program Design

    Memorial and Brookside Elementary School: Grades K – 2

    Model: The English Learner (EL) students at Memorial and Brookside Elementary Schools are all integrated into targeted mainstream classrooms taught by Sheltered English Immersion (SEI) teachers.  English Language Development (ELD) support is provided by licensed English as a Second Language (ESL) teachers in each school.  EL students are either placed in self-contained dually-certified classrooms, split-model classrooms (EL/SEI), or SEI classrooms. Dually-certified elementary/ESL teachers provide ELD services to students in self-contained and/or split model classrooms. Our building pull-out ESL teachers pull EL students in each grade based on proficiency level out of their mainstream SEI classroom and provide direct ELD instruction to small groups of EL students.  At both schools, our EL population is included in special subject area classes, math and reading intervention programs, if needed, as well as extra curricular activities.

    Curriculum:  The National Geographic series, Reach, is used as the basis for English Language Development instruction, which is aligned with ELA CCSS and science and social studies grade level frameworks. Curriculum maps have been developed by teams of SEI and ESL teachers for grades K-2 and are being used to guide ELD instruction. The curriculum in our designated SEI rooms follows the state standards, with the addition of targeted English language objectives in the domains of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. All of these SEI teachers have been trained to utilize WIDA Standards to make necessary modifications in instruction and track student process using both formal and informal assessments.

    SEI Teachers:

    Brookside/Memorial Elementary School:  Milford was a RETELL Cohort 2 school district and rolled out RETELL SEI Endorsement in Fall 2013. All general education teachers are SEI endorsed.

    Collaboration: Our ESL teachers routinely attend school departmental meetings with other mainstream teachers to collaborate with their content area constituents.  SEI teachers meet with our ESL teachers on a routine basis to mutually inform one another about their students’ progress, and discuss strategies that they can use to increase comprehensible input for their ELs.

    Parent Involvement:  Newsletters, forms and fliers are sent home to families in their home languages to keep them informed about ongoing school activities.  A parent group, PTO, has monthly meetings to increase parental involvement in school activities and give parents guidance on how to optimally work with their children. Translators are always available at PTO meetings.

    Facilities:  Both schools have undergone extensive building renovations and there is space specifically provided for ELD instruction at each school.

    Woodland Elementary School: Grades 3 – 5

    Model: The English Learner (EL) students at Woodland Elementary Schools are all integrated into targeted mainstream classrooms taught by Sheltered English Immersion (SEI) teachers.  English Language Development (ELD) support is provided by licensed English as a Second Language (ESL) teachers in each school.  EL Students are either placed in self-contained dually-certified classrooms, split-model classrooms (EL/SEI), or SEI classrooms. Dually-certified elementary/ESL teachers provide ELD services to students in self-contained and/or split model classrooms. Our building pull-out ESL teachers pull EL students in each grade based on proficiency level out of their mainstream classroom and provide direct ELD instruction to small groups of students.  At both schools, our EL population is included in special subject area classes, included in all math and reading intervention programs if needed, as well as extra curricular activities.

    Students at the Entering through Emerging levels of English proficiency are placed in an SEI classroom where they receive intensive pull-out ESL instruction with integrated grade level content throughout the day. At the Developing to Reaching level students are placed with the SEI trained teachers on their grade-level team and receive daily pull-out ELD direct instruction.  The scheduling of this instruction is set by both the building Principal and the EL Program Director to ensure that EL students do not miss important content instruction. EL students are doing well academically and making excellent progress.  The performance of EL students is closely monitored and we can change placement at any time during the school year based on student need.

    Our EL population is included in all special subject areas, being integrated with the rest of the English speaking school students, included in all math and reading intervention programs, as well as extra curricular activities.

    Curriculum:  The National Geographic series, Reach, is used as the basis for English Language Development instruction, which is aligned with content area grade standards. Curriculum maps have been developed by teams of SEI and ESL teachers for grades 3-5 and are being used to guide ELD instruction. The curriculum in our designated SEI rooms follows the state standards, with the addition of targeted English language objectives in the domains of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. All of these SEI teachers have been trained to utilize WIDA Standards to make necessary modifications in instruction and track student process using both formal and informal assessments.

    Collaboration: The SEI teachers and ESL teachers have common preps when they can discuss student progress, plan lessons that they can co-teach, and work jointly on strategies that work particularly well with English learners. Our ESL teachers attend school departmental meetings every month with other mainstream teachers to collaborate with their content area constituents.

    SEI Training: Milford was a RETELL Cohort 2 school district and rolled out RETELL SEI Endorsement in Fall 2013. All general education teachers are SEI endorsed.

    Parent Involvement:  Newsletters, forms and fliers are sent home to families in their home languages to keep them informed about ongoing school activities.  A parent group, PTO, has monthly meetings to increase parental involvement in school activities and give parents guidance on how to optimally work with their children. Translators are always available at these meetings. There will be a yearly cultural fair which involves performances by EL students, multicultural foods, and research report displays representing our district’s diverse student population. Parents of ELs are encouraged to help their child present for the evening.

    Facilities:  Woodland Elementary is brand new school, opening its doors in fall 2016. There is instructional space specifically provided for ELD instruction at each school.

    Stacy Middle School: Grades 6 – 8

    Model and Teacher Qualifications: At Stacy Middle School, Entering/Emerging through Developing/Expanding/Bridging level students in grades 6 – 8 are in self contained grade level classes learning content and ELD; the students with greater proficiency are mainstreamed into SEI classes, with one period of ELD daily.  There is push-in support in English language arts (ELA), reading, social studies, and science.  Students with an Entering and Emerging English language Proficiency are pulled out during ELA, reading, and social studies for additional ELD instruction; this is determined on an individual basis based on student need.

    We have four highly qualified ESL teachers with ESL licenses in English Learner Education.  In addition to offering ELD instruction, these ESL/SEI teachers teach grade level content, differentiating instruction based on their students’ language proficiency and literacy levels, and have access to all grade level texts and materials that their mainstream teacher counterparts have.

    There is one teaching team at each grade level which is made up of the ESL teacher plus one Math, one Science, one Social Studies, one Reading, and one ELA teacher.  These teachers collaborate on a daily basis and students who are ready to transition into specific SEI classrooms can do so when data proves for successful transition.  Often, there is co-teaching taking place  which allows for mainstream and FEL students to learn together with the guidance of two teachers. These SEI classes allow for instructional sharing and team teaching as well as placement of students into mainstream classes throughout the school year.

    ESL teachers attend departmental meetings every month with other mainstream teachers to collaborate with their content area constituents, inform them about their students’ progress, and discuss strategies that they can use to increase comprehensible input for their English learners.

    SEI Training:  Milford was a RETELL Cohort 2 school district and rolled out RETELL SEI Endorsement in Fall 2013. All general education teachers are SEI endorsed.

    Curriculum: The National Geographic series, Inside, is used as the basis for English Language Development instruction, which is aligned with content area grade standards. Curriculum maps will be developed by teams of SEI and ESL teachers for grades 6-8 and will be used to guide ELD instruction. The curriculum in our designated SEI rooms follows the state standards, with the addition of targeted English language objectives in the domains of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. All of these SEI teachers have been trained to utilize WIDA Standards to make necessary modifications in instruction and track student process using both formal and informal assessments.

    Collaboration: ESL teachers attend departmental meetings every month with other mainstream teachers to collaborate with their content area constituents.  Daily meetings are scheduled for all teachers on the SEI team in order to inform them about their students’ progress, and discuss strategies that they can use to increase comprehensible input for their English learners.

    Parent Involvement: Newsletters, forms and flyers are sent home to families in their home languages to keep them informed about ongoing school activities.

    Milford High School: Grades 9 - 12

    Model:  Three qualified ESL teachers implement the Milford High School ELD / English Immersion program.  The students are grouped according to English proficiency level based on the administered ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 language assessment instrument and teacher recommendations across grade levels.  ELD Entering 1 is for non English speaking beginners.  ELD Emerging 2 is for early intermediate and intermediate level students, ELD Developing 3 is for students at the intermediate Level, and ELD Expanding 4-5 is for transitioning level students. There are also supplemental literacy classes for students at the entering, emerging, and developing proficiency levels.  Entering and Emerging level students have more than two 45 minute blocks of ELD instruction daily. They supplement their schedules with specials and sheltered math and social studies classes.  More proficient students attend one period of  ELD instruction per day.

    SEI Teachers:  Milford was a RETELL Cohort 2 school district and rolled out RETELL SEI Endorsement in Fall 2013. All general education teachers who teach EL students are SEI endorsed.

    Curriculum: Under MHS' NEASC review, ELD curriculum aligned with WIDA Standards was developed.  The textbook series HighPoint by Hampton Brown is used as a resource.  

    Parent Involvement:  Newsletters, forms and flyers are sent home to families in their home languages to keep them informed about ongoing school activities.  

     

    Last Updated: 1/17/17