ELD - Elementary
K-5 English Language Learners (ELLs) attend their neighborhood schools. This promotes a sense of community within their school and provides an opportunity for ELLs and their families to become acquainted with peers and neighbors. An ELD Academic Learning Plan is created for each student to guide services, instructional strategies and accommodations. Classroom teachers are supported through a collaborative partnership with the ELD specialists, supplemental instructional materials, interventions and strategies, and ongoing professional development.
CVSD uses Sheltered Instruction or Content-Based ESL, an instructional model where the classroom teacher modifies instruction presented in English using specific strategies to make academic subjects comprehensible and accessible while promoting the students' English language development. The elementary ELD specialists work closely with classroom teachers regarding accommodations given a child’s previous experience in formal schooling, their language level and their stage of acculturation. Supplementary resources are also provided for the students and their teachers, such as access to bilingual picture dictionaries and literature and Imagine Learning®, an intensive online language and literacy development program.
Once students reach the transitional or proficient level, ELD specialists monitor their academic progress in collaboration with classroom teachers, school counselors and parents/guardians. When appropriate, ELD specialists provide instructional support for students who need assistance in reaching grade-level performance in academic subjects.
Parents/guardians are always welcome to contact our elementary ELD specialists (listed at right) with questions and concerns.
K-5 ELD Specialist
(Russian & Ukrainian)
K-8 ELD Specialist
Mary Kay Hughes
K-8 ELD Specialist
(Spanish and French)