WISD students who receive support services through Bilingual/English as a Second Language (ESL) and choose to participate in asynchronous remote learning will continue to receive instruction and support with the same fidelity as students who receive instruction on campus. Services for English Learners are essential to prevent regression of acquired second language skills. Teachers will provide instruction through Seesaw (elementary) or Canvas (secondary). Please follow the following links for directions about connecting to the assigned LMS: Seesaw or Steps for Canvas Parent Connect Grade level bilingual and ESL classrooms will follow the same asynchronous remote instructional schedule as all other remote classes. Instruction and support will be provided to students in the following ways:
- Bilingual and ESL teachers will maintain consistent communication with remote learners to ensure students can access the learning materials and provide guidance and feedback.
- Students at the beginning level of language proficiency will have access to learning materials designed to support their language development needs. A comprehensive scope and sequence with accompanying activities have been developed to address the specific needs of ESL students. Strategist/Interventionists and Newcomer Specialists will collaborate with ESL and Bilingual teachers to make connections with students and families.
- Contact with students who are not logging into the Imagine Language and Literacy program will be established quickly to provide early support for program utilization and student success.
- ESL Strategists/Interventionists and Newcomer Specialists will provide supplemental support to remote learners with the highest linguistic needs. Video conferencing through Zoom will be used to provide this support.
- Staff members from the English Learners Department will provide interpreting and translation support for families who need assistance accessing and using the remote instruction learning tools assigned to their student.
Additional Resources for English Learners
- ¡Arriba La Lectura! Literacy resources in Spanish have been purchased for grades K-5 Bilingual classrooms. The resources are available for students receiving in-person instruction and digitally for students choosing remote asynchronous learning.
- Imagine Language and Literacy for English Learners will offer just-right resources to deliver differentiated instruction. While students work independently through adaptive learning pathways, teachers can assign online activities to individual students based on unfinished learning areas and provide small-group instruction through synchronous learning.
Middle School and High School
- English 3D and Access Newcomers digital curriculum resources will be used with English Learners at beginning language proficiency levels who choose remote instruction.
- Middle and High School ELDA and ELLA teachers will provide instruction using the English 3D and Access Newcomers curriculum resources.
English Learners Department Support for Student Learning
- The English Learners Department will support campuses and English Learners to campuses and assist with supplemental instructional.
- Ensure that linguistic services for English Learners (ELs) are implemented with fidelity to the fullest extent possible in both virtual and face-to-face instructional formats.
- Promote linguistic and cognitive growth for ELs while also focusing on affective well-being for ELs who are learning through remote asynchronous instruction.
- Meet with LPAC Chairs, Bilingual teachers, ESL teachers (as applicable), and other stakeholders on behalf of ELs to provide compliance and instructional updates.
- Collaborate with other department directors on behalf of ELs who are dually coded (e.g., SPED, and Dyslexia).
English Learner Identification and Reclassification
- The English Learners Department will conduct all testing for English Learner identification and reclassification using an online testing format.
- Testing for identification and reclassification will begin when the fall semester starts on September 8, 2020.