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Welcome to the English Learner Education (ELE) Department

The English Learner (EL) population is the fastest growing population in K-12 education.  Lynn Public Schools’ English Learners represent over 55 different countries and more than 30 different languages.  The English Learner Education (ELE) Department focuses on developing English language proficiency and meeting grade-level state content-area standards.
 

Our Department Information

English Learner Education (ELE) Personnel
Director
Rania Caldwell (781) 477-7220 ext. 3161
Clerk
Marion Guiffre
(781) 477-7220 ext. 3139
Program Specialists
Courtney Aseltine (781) 477-7220 ext. 3226
Amanda Campbell (781) 477-7220 ext. 3225
EL Assessment Specialists
Natali Martinez (781) 477-7220 ext. 3141
Sonia Valentin (781) 477-7220 ext. 3141

About The English Learner Education (ELE) Office

The ELE Department serves English Learners (ELs) in the Lynn Public Schools by facilitating comprehensive English language education and services.  Lynn Public Schools offers a variety of learning environments to meet the needs of the ELs in our school district.

The primary English Learner program in Lynn Public Schools is SEI (Sheltered English Immersion).  In this program, nearly all instruction is in English using appropriate supports and scaffolds to provide all students equal access to grade-level academic standards.

Elementary Schools - Kindergarten through Grade Five
SEI (Sheltered English Immersion) Program:

This learning environment provides sheltered content instruction and ESL support.
In these classrooms students will:

  • Receive sheltered content instruction with appropriate English language scaffolds from an SEI-endorsed classroom teacher to develop skills in grade-level academic content aligned with state standards
  • Receive ESL instruction from a certified ESL specialist

Secondary Schools - Grades Six through Grade Twelve
SEI (Sheltered English Immersion) Program:

This learning environment provides sheltered content instruction and ESL support.
In these classrooms students will:

  • Receive sheltered content instruction with appropriate English language scaffolds from an SEI-endorsed classroom teacher to develop skills in grade-level academic content aligned with state standards
    • Students with a Level 1 and 2 English language proficiency, including students who have limited formal schooling, may be scheduled in targeted grade-level classrooms with other Level 1 and 2 students to provide intensive support for English language development and grade-level academic content.
  • Receive ESL instruction from a certified ESL specialist

Placement Criteria
Lynn Public Schools identifies ELs so they can receive instruction designed to assist them in learning English and subject matter content.  Parents and guardians participate in the decision-making process relative to the type of program the identified EL will receive. Lynn Public Schools uses the following process for determining whether a newly enrolled student is an English Learner:

  • Home language survey to all newly enrolling students 
  • English proficiency assessment
  • Parental notification and input

Exit Criteria
Identified EL students take the DESE-approved ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 language proficiency test annually. The purpose of the exam is to monitor student progress in English language proficiency in all four domains of language (listening, speaking, reading and writing). This exam, together with performance on other state and local exams, academic performance, and teacher recommendation, serves as a criterion to aid in determining when ELs have attained language proficiency comparable to that of their English-proficient peers. Once students exit the program, they are designated as Former English Learners (FEL) and are monitored for an additional four years.

 


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