NOW:53209:USA01012
http://widgets.journalinteractive.com/cache/JIResponseCacher.ashx?duration=5&url=http%3A%2F%2Fdata.wp.myweather.net%2FeWxII%2F%3Fdata%3D*USA01012
27°
H 30° L 27°
Cloudy | 6MPH

Number of ELL students increases districtwide

Oct. 25, 2007

Plans are under way to enhance instructional programming for students enrolled in the Brown Deer School District's English Language Learners program.

The announcement, made at the Oct. 22 School Board meeting, comes after the realization by administrators that the number of ELL students has nearly doubled at the middle and high school levels.

ELL instruction is geared toward students who are learning English as a second language.

Jim Hecht, director of pupil services, said ELL enrollment figures at the middle school have grown from 11 to 17 pupils, while the high school counts have risen from 17 to 32. Elementary-level student counts have remained flat at 55 students.

Combined, the district is hosting more than 100 ELL students this year. Because of the increase, Hecht said the district is obligated under state law to form an ELL Plan of Service. The report, which is being compiled and reviewed, will outline specifically what measures Brown Deer is taking to reach this population.

School staff this year are working with students who speak a total of 16 foreign languages. An influx of Hmong students accounts for a portion of the increase.

Hecht said the district is looking to increase the bilingual teaching staff in an effort to reach out to all students. The goal is to refrain as much as possible from pulling ELL students out of the classroom.

"Kids learn best if they're in that environment where English is spoken," he said.

Director of Instruction Terry Brecklin said the district also is beginning to implement a staff-development course related to cultural diversity.

"Right now, we're working with a core group of teachers that have a particular interest in it," Brecklin said.

Board member Gary Williams asked the administrators to keep cultural competency in mind while working with ELL students.

"What it says is that teachers have had enough familiarity with their culture, as well as the language," Williams said. "We need to reach students where they're at."

Dave Fidlin can be reached at dfidlin@cninow.com or (262) 446-6603.

This site uses Facebook comments to make it easier for you to contribute. If you see a comment you would like to flag for spam or abuse, click the "x" in the upper right of it. By posting, you agree to our Terms of Use.

Suburban News Roundup

E-mail Newsletter

Your link to the biggest stories in the suburbs delivered Thursday mornings.


Enter your e-mail address above and click "Sign Up Now!" to begin receiving your e-mail newsletter
Get the Newsletter!

Login or Register to manage all your newsletter preferences.

Community Watch

» Beer could flow during Glendale's Fourth of July 1/26

» Whitefish Bay native 'Kit' Carson was Rush Limbaugh's right-hand man 1/26

» Crews clear crash that closed left lane of northbound I-43 at Glendale Updated:  1/26

» Without Showalter, Germantown boys rally for win over Whitefish Bay 1/23

» Medical examiner's report released in death at Bayshore Town Center Updated:  1/22

» 21-year-old man who fell from Bayshore balcony has died 1/22

» Apartment project proposed for Glendale 1/22

» Washington boys basketball team too quick for Brown Deer, 59-49 1/21

» Fleeing the scene of a robbery, suspects crash stolen car near Whitefish Bay 1/19

» Strong fourth quarter lifts Homestead girls past Whitefish Bay, 44-34 1/17

» Bay boys hang on, 44-42, after losing big lead against Homestead 1/16

» Motivated Germantown wrestlers beat Nicolet, 63-15 1/15

» Suburban Selfies contest extended through Jan. 25; two selfie solutions to get you started! 1/15

» 109-lot subdivision approved in Mequon 1/13

» Man critically hurt in fall 20 feet from Bayshore mall balcony Updated:  1/13

» Bayside home damaged in Sunday fire 1/12

» Germantown boys late rally keeps Homestead at bay, 65-58 1/9

» Crews clear crash that closed lane of northbound I-43 at Bender Road Updated:  1/8

» North Shore school, municipal officials announce candidacy for April election 1/7

» Thousands remember, pay homage to Germantown great Datka 1/4

» Mequon police dog in failing health euthanized 1/2

» Brown Deer robbery suspects sought, stolen car found 12/30

» Glendale hotel drops Marriott brand 12/30

» Washington races by Whitefish Bay boys in the second half, 81-60 12/30

» Brookfield Goodwill store remains on pace to open 12/29

View All Posts Got a tip? Welcome rss

Advertisement

Advertisement

Local Business Directory

CONNECT    

Most Popular