John Stanley
CONTEXT <ul><li>The District, Programs, Students, Staff, & Community </li></ul>Photo source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/...
The District <ul><li>approximately 3,600 students </li></ul><ul><li>Four elementary schools and two middle schools  </li><...
Students:  ELLs in Hawthorn District 73
What Are the Demographics of ELLs in Hawthorn District? Voice of Lara Christoun Coordinator of Bilingual Services and Fede...
Community <ul><li>Of the 3,600 total students, about 300 are considered ESL (about eight percent) </li></ul><ul><li>62 nat...
ELL Programs <ul><li>Dual-language (Two-Way Bilingual)program at Townline </li></ul><ul><li>ESL-pullout and structured imm...
More About the Spanish Program at Townline <ul><li>The International Bachelorette Organization (IBO) required another lang...
Staff <ul><li>Dual-Language Teachers </li></ul><ul><li>ESL Teachers (often with bilingual endorsement) </li></ul><ul><li>B...
PROCESS <ul><li>Decision-Making in Hawthorn </li></ul>
Decision-Making <ul><li>Superintendent </li></ul><ul><li>Principals </li></ul><ul><li>Coordinator of Bilingual Services & ...
ASSESSMENT
Assessment <ul><li>ACCESS screener </li></ul><ul><li>Teacher input (ESL and classroom)  </li></ul><ul><li>Students monitor...
COMMUNITY OUTREACH
Community Outreach <ul><li>ESL parent meetings and Title 1 meetings </li></ul><ul><li>Held four to six times a year </li><...
Community Outreach (cont.) <ul><li>Adding a  Parent University  for parents of all languages (including English) </li></ul...
RECOMMENDATIONS
Positives Aspects That Should Continue <ul><li>Dual-Language Program </li></ul><ul><li>ESL for students speaking 30 differ...
 
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Case Study of Hawthorn District 73

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This is a case study of Hawthorn District 73's ESL program that I presented for one of my ESL-teaching classes (Foundations of Language-Minority Education) at Northern Illinois University.

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Case Study of Hawthorn District 73

  1. 1. John Stanley
  2. 2. CONTEXT <ul><li>The District, Programs, Students, Staff, & Community </li></ul>Photo source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/katherineofchicago/3190880908/sizes/m/
  3. 3. The District <ul><li>approximately 3,600 students </li></ul><ul><li>Four elementary schools and two middle schools </li></ul><ul><li>located on a campus </li></ul><ul><li>“ Choice Schools” </li></ul>
  4. 4. Students: ELLs in Hawthorn District 73
  5. 5. What Are the Demographics of ELLs in Hawthorn District? Voice of Lara Christoun Coordinator of Bilingual Services and Federal Grants
  6. 6. Community <ul><li>Of the 3,600 total students, about 300 are considered ESL (about eight percent) </li></ul><ul><li>62 nationalities </li></ul><ul><li>57 backgrounds </li></ul><ul><li>30 languages spoken </li></ul><ul><li>Predominant non-English language is Spanish, followed by Korean, Russian, and Polish </li></ul>Photo Source: http://www.hawthorn73.org/
  7. 7. ELL Programs <ul><li>Dual-language (Two-Way Bilingual)program at Townline </li></ul><ul><li>ESL-pullout and structured immersion in the rest of the buildings </li></ul><ul><li>ESL pullout for levels 1 and 2 </li></ul><ul><li>Structured immersion is for levels 2 ½ and up </li></ul><ul><li>“ Exploratory” Spanish class for all students at Townline </li></ul>
  8. 8. More About the Spanish Program at Townline <ul><li>The International Bachelorette Organization (IBO) required another language be taught to all students ages 7-12 in its Primary Year Program (PYP) </li></ul><ul><li>Townline piloted a Spanish Exploratory program. Students received 40-80 minutes of instruction in conversational Spanish each week </li></ul><ul><li>After ongoing review and assessment, administration decided to discontinue the program </li></ul><ul><li>Rosetta Stone language program next year </li></ul>http://www.hawthorn73.org/downloads/learning/presentations/20090223_TL_Changes.pdf
  9. 9. Staff <ul><li>Dual-Language Teachers </li></ul><ul><li>ESL Teachers (often with bilingual endorsement) </li></ul><ul><li>Bilingual Aides </li></ul>
  10. 10. PROCESS <ul><li>Decision-Making in Hawthorn </li></ul>
  11. 11. Decision-Making <ul><li>Superintendent </li></ul><ul><li>Principals </li></ul><ul><li>Coordinator of Bilingual Services & Federal Grants </li></ul><ul><li>Official assessment pieces </li></ul><ul><li>Both ESL and classroom teachers play a large role in the decision-making process about ELL </li></ul><ul><li>If there were any doubt, the district would rather err on the side of caution and keep the child in ESL for another year. </li></ul><ul><li>The Hawthorn Planning Council (HPC): A committee of administrators and teachers </li></ul>
  12. 12. ASSESSMENT
  13. 13. Assessment <ul><li>ACCESS screener </li></ul><ul><li>Teacher input (ESL and classroom) </li></ul><ul><li>Students monitored for two years after exit </li></ul><ul><li>Can be readmitted if struggling </li></ul>
  14. 14. COMMUNITY OUTREACH
  15. 15. Community Outreach <ul><li>ESL parent meetings and Title 1 meetings </li></ul><ul><li>Held four to six times a year </li></ul><ul><li>Parent meetings with breakout sessions in different languages </li></ul><ul><li>Speakers at the parent meetings are driven by parent requests </li></ul>
  16. 16. Community Outreach (cont.) <ul><li>Adding a Parent University for parents of all languages (including English) </li></ul><ul><li>Parent participation in the dual-language program is very strong </li></ul><ul><li>Future Program: Sed de Saber (Thirst for Knowledge) is an ESL program for parents </li></ul>
  17. 17. RECOMMENDATIONS
  18. 18. Positives Aspects That Should Continue <ul><li>Dual-Language Program </li></ul><ul><li>ESL for students speaking 30 different languages </li></ul><ul><li>Use of native-language support when possible </li></ul><ul><li>ESL structured immersion for all but beginning levels of English </li></ul><ul><li>Higher than normal “bar” on the ACCESS screener to exit program </li></ul><ul><li>Monitor students for two years after they exit ESL </li></ul><ul><li>Strong teacher component for decision making </li></ul><ul><li>Use of classroom aides who speak native languages </li></ul>
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