English Language Learners
English Learner (EL) Program
In Mounds View Public Schools we are committed to ensuring a high-quality education for all language learners that is attentive to a culturally- and linguistically-diverse community of students. We advocate for the use and development of home language so that students can use this to build their academic vocabulary and content knowledge.
EL Instruction in Mounds View
High quality English Language instruction is provided to students in Mounds View Public Schools. The goal of the English Learner Program is to help your child learn English and meet age-appropriate academic achievement standards for grade promotion, graduation, and college and career readiness. English Language teachers collaborate with classroom and content area teachers in Professional Learning Communities to design instruction that teaches students the language, vocabulary and background information necessary for students to acquire English and to be able to access grade level content. EL students in Mounds View receive the greatest part of their instruction in general education classrooms. Through this collaborative effort, language instruction is delivered through accommodations in the classroom, pullout by EL teachers and in sheltered content classes.
Your child will receive English Learner support until they achieve English proficiency results that meet the English Learner exit criteria determined by the Minnesota Department of Education.
How are children identified as EL?
A Minnesota Language Survey is provided for all families upon registering their children. If the Minnesota Language Survey indicates a language other than English, the school’s EL teacher will evaluate the student’s language proficiency using multiple measures. This information will be used to identify the need for English language support. If a student qualifies for services, a parent notification letter is sent home.
How will I know if my child is making progress?
Mounds View Public Schools values a strong partnership with families. In addition to monitoring progress made on classroom content, EL teachers also use a variety of methods to support student progress and engage in ongoing communication with families. In February and March EL students participate in the ACCESS language proficiency test. This test determines proficiency in speaking, listening, reading and writing.
Who can I contact with additional questions and/or for additional information?
Please contact your child's teacher or District Liaison.
District Liaisons are available for any interpreting and translation needs. For any additional interpreting needs, please contact your child's school.
Integration and Equity LiaisonsDistrict integration and equity liaisons are available for translations and to work with District families to meet the educational and cultural needs of students and families. District liaisons host cultural activities and events throughout the year and aim to assist students in attaining academic success.