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English Language Learning (ELL) and Bilingual Education Programs

The Illinois State Board of Education has a separate division dedicated to the English Language Learner student whose task is to provide leadership, advocacy and support to districts, policymakers and citizens by promoting equitable access to language support services for students from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds who have been identified as English Language Learners. These services will assist them to become lifelong learners, able to contribute to and function in a multicultural and globally competitive world.

Elementary School District 159 is committed to the educational program for these identified students and provides support and services to assist students who have limited proficiency in English. Services provided enable students to progress in academic subjects while receiving supported instruction in English. Eligible students may be enrolled in the program for four years or until assessment information determines that they are eligible to participate in the regular education program without assistance.

Please contact Ms. Miriam Flores McCoy, ELL/Bilingual Coordinator, for additional information related to the program and related services at 720-9235 or call Sieden Prairie School at 720-2626, Additional information can be obtained at the Department of Pupil Services at 720-6638.

Links to articles for English Language Learning and Bilingual Education:

Talent and Diversity: The Emerging World of Limited English Proficient Students in Gifted Education

A National Study of School Effectiveness for Language Minority Students' Long-Term Academic Achievement Final Report: Project 1.1

A Guide to Your Children's Schools: A Parent Handbook

A resource about reading for Spanish-speaking Parents English/Spanish