- Identify effective systems/programs/practices for serving the needs of secondary English Language Learners (ELL) Newcomers with a specific focus on students with interrupted formal education drawing on research and best practices in other school systems.
- Recommend changes to improve BPS ELL newcomer program services for the 2015-16 school year and beyond.
- Create an input and communication plan that involves impacted stakeholders: students, parents, teachers, and administrators.
Basis for Establishment:
- Significant increase in BPS of secondary ELL newcomers with interrupted formal education. Current systems are not meeting the needs effectively.
- Advisory to the Director of Teaching and Learning in charge of ELL program administration
Plan of Work:
- Establish purpose and norms.
- Ground the scope of the committee’s work within the parameters of federal law, state (WAC/RCW) and OSPI ELL program guidance.
- Conduct research on best practices for secondary ELL Newcomers, drawing on both written publications and the knowledge and experience of expert practitioners who are involved with successful Newcomer programs.
- Determine how best to apply what we learn within our specific context in Bellingham.
- Make recommendations for improvements to the secondary ELL Newcomer Program.
- Amy Carder, Director of Teaching and Learning
- Steve Clarke, Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning
- Jeff Vaughn, Principal Bellingham High School
- Phyllis Textor, Principal Sehome High School
- Nikki McFarland, Assistant Principal Squalicum High School
- Byron Gerard, Principal Options High School
- Larisa Shuvalova, ELL Specialists BHS and KMS
- Isabel Meaker, Special Asst. to the Supt. on Family Engagement
- Attend monthly meetings
- Engage in additional readings and tasks outside of meeting times as necessary/appropriate
- February 2015 through June 2015. At the end of the 2014-15 school year, the team will determine whether this work group needs to continue.
- Unknown. The recommendations may involve small changes that require reorganization of existing ELL funds, or they may involve broader changes that require additional budget for transportation, staffing, materials, etc.