Posted on 04/15/2013 at 01:59 PM by Global Reach

English Language Learners (ELL)

According to Iowa Code section 280.4, a limited English proficient student is defined as follows: "a student's language background is in a language other than English, and the student's proficiency in English is such that the probability of the student's academic success in an English-only classroom is below that of an academically successful peer with an English language background." The term English Language Learners (ELL) will replace the term Limited English Proficient (LEP).

Don’t forget to refer to the Department of Education website:
Locate in the A to Z section – English Language Learners
There you will find the Handbook, “Educating Iowa’s English Language Learners” to use as a reference.
The handbook gives Iowa educators a picture of the unique needs of English Language Learners (ELL). It offers a guide for providing equal access to the quality education available in the state. The handbook will primarily benefit those responsible for designing and implementing programs in local school districts.

Save the Date for “Our Kids Summer Institute” to be held at the Waukee High School in Waukee, Iowa on June 18 and 19, 2013. See attached flyer. The “Our Kids Summer Institute” will allow you to network with other educational professionals and to discuss new strategies for working with English Language Learners throughout Iowa.

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