Review Agenda Item
Meeting Date: 10/14/2021 - 6:30 PM
Category: Curriculum
Type: Action
Subject: 5.11 Approval of English Language Domains Adoption to Elementary ELD Program
Strategic Plan 2018-2023:
GOAL 2 (Each Student) Ensure success for ALL students, regardless of background
Policy: IGA - Basic Instructional Programs
Provide Name(s) of Attachments Gr K Writing ELDs, Gr K Reading ELDs, Gr 1 Reading ELDs, Gr 1 Writing ELDs, Gr 2 Reading ELDs, Gr 2 Writing ELDs, Gr 3 Science ELDs, Gr 4 Science ELDs, Gr 5 Science ELDs, Gr 5Soc Studies ELDs
File Attachment:
Gr K Writing ELDs.pdf
Gr K Reading ELDs.pdf
Gr1 Reading ELDs.pdf
Gr1 Writing ELDs.pdf
Gr2 Reading ELDs.pdf
Gr2 Writing ELDs.pdf
Gr3 Science ELDs.pdf
Gr4 Science ELDs.pdf
Gr5 Science ELDs.pdf
Gr5 Soc Studies ELDs.pdf
Provide Background Details and Rationale: As research has continued in the development of how ELs learn best, the Park Hill ELD Program has also adapted its program to include best practices and to always meet state and national standards.

Initially, the program focused on Thematic teaching, with an emphasis on vocabulary. The program then moved toward literacy driven instruction, using reading and writing to teach English language development. Finally, the program has moved to teaching English language development through grade level content.

This final approach is reflected in the updated Park Hill English Language Domains (ELDs). The ELDs refer to the focus on the teaching language through grade level content, using grade level priority standards and the four language modalities of Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing.

Each ELD is outlined in a grid format. The focal point of the lesson is the grade level content priority standard. Each ELD grid also includes target Content and Academic vocabulary. The grid then delineates the language expectations for students at each level of proficiency and each language modality--Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing. These language expectations are based on the WIDA Can-Do Descriptors.

This approach allows the ELD teacher and the content teacher to better collaborate and co-teach because they are both focusing on the same grade level content priority standards. In addition, the ELDs give both teachers an understanding of where the student can perform linguistically within the standard, as well as provide the target goal for where the student can go. These updated ELDs and the ELD grid will improve the consistency across the Elementary ELD Department, as well as provide consistent support for ELs district wide.
Provide Funding Source and Estimated Cost: N/A
Legal References N/A
Name of Persons(s) Submitting Agenda Item with Title Dr. Andy Schuerman, Coordinator of Educational Programs
Presenter(s) if Presentation Anticipated N/A
Recommendation: It is recommended that the Park Hill Board of Education approve the English Language Domains Adoption to Elementary ELD Program, as presented.
Recommended By:
Signed By:
Dr. Andy Schuerman - Coordinator of Educational Programs
Signed By:
Dr. Mike Kimbrel - Assistant Superintendent - Academic Services
Signed By:
Dr. Jeanette Cowherd - Superintendent