Philosophy

Farmington English  Language Learner Program  Philosophy

The purpose of the Farmington EL Program is to assist students in the development of their language skills while maintaining the integrity of their linguistic and cultural identities.  Our goal is to motivate and encourage students to feel successful and to foster a love of learning.

We value parent/guardian involvement in the program and in the education of their children.
Therefore we will:
 
  • Provide translated copies of forms and letters and utilize tele-language services:
  • Assist in the planning and facilitation of parent nights, especially focusing on the transition to middle school;
  • Meet with parents/guardians on open house nights, parent conferences, and throughout the year, as necessary;
  • Personally invite parents/guardians to school events;
  • Provide services for parents/guardians to increase attendance;
  • Invite parents/guardians to volunteer in the school and be guest readers; and
  • Provide networking opportunities for parents/guardians
We value learning environments where students feel safe expressing themselves and their cultures.
Therefore, we will:
  • Advocate for English Learners and their parents/guardians with staff, school and district administration, and the community;
  • Develop relationships with English Learners and their parents/guardians;
  • Connect with classroom teachers, sharing concerns and experiences of English Learners; and
  • Recognize the added value of diversity in the classroom and engage in courageous conversations to promote the inter-cultural competency of the school and community.
We value the cultural and linguistic heritages that our English Language Learners bring to the classroom.
Therefore, we will:
  • Promote the maintenance of original languages through..;
  • Encourage students to share their native languages and cultures;
  • Incorporate books and other resources reflecting the diversity of our English Language Learners;
  • Provide recommendations for expanding the multicultural elements of classroom libraries;
  • Share with teachers the prior knowledge and multifaceted resources that English Learners bring to the classroom;
  • Support efforts to highlight the various cultures in our schools through classroom curriculum; and
  • Invite parents and guardians into the classroom to share their stories and/or serve as guest readers.
We value high expectations, continually increasing student achievement, and high-quality instruction.
Therefore, we will:
  • Hold English Language Learners to the same MN academic standards as grade-level peers:
  • Provide challenging work that pushes English Language Learners how to self-assess and problem solve their learning needs;
  • Cultivate positive school experiences where English Language Learners build from previous success;
  • Incorporate research-proven instructional strategies (Ex: SIOP)
  • Co-teach with classroom teachers, focusing, on language development through content instruction;
  • Scaffold instruction with the gradual release of responsibility model; and;
  • Provide specifically designed language instruction to meet the developmental needs of English Language Learners; and
  • Use data to differentiate instruction and monitor growth in English Language Learners.
We value staff collaboration and partnerships across the school community.
Therefore, we will:
  • Provide co-teaching experiences to work alongside classroom teachers;
  • Encourage common planning time to collaborate with classroom teachers;
  • Provide informal support of classroom teachers in working with English Language Learners;
  • Provide professional development opportunities for all staff;