Elementary ELL Specialist

The elementary English Language Learner specialist position includes three areas of support.

Teacher Support

ELL specialists facilitate whole group, small group and individual professional development to support the implementation of Sheltered Instruction strategies, such as Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol (SIOP) or Guided Language Acquisition Design (GLAD) for students. In addition, ELL specialists provide on-going support through co-teacher, co-planning, instructional coaching, consulting, and collaborative assessment.

Student Support

Although the primary responsibility for language instruction resides with the classroom teacher, ELL Specialists work within the school’s Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) teams to provide and/or facilitate language interventions for those students most in need

Family Support

We partner with the Family Engagement Department works to provide support to staff in the areas of communication, translation and cultural competency. The team supports efforts in every school to engage all families and students actively through phone calls, conferences, home visits and school events.


Bethany Barrett
Director of Teaching and Learning – English Language Learners

Paula Schroeder