Special Education Report

To:  Michael Green
Re:  November Monthly Special Services Report
From:  Deb Kernen
Date:  October 5, 2009

*      WPS ELL staff include Alisha Robison-1/2 time ELL teacher, Linda Sprague, Jody McLendon & Dale Hillman-ELL Instructional Assistants.  They have spent this month assessing all new ELL students with the Washington Language Proficiency Test to determine if they qualify for services.  They have tested 21 students which add to the total number of 74 students at WPS that qualify for ELL services.  This years' program will provide small group language instruction, reading block instruction, as well as in class support. 

*      WIS ELL staff include: Ann Marie McLarin-our new Speech/Language Therapist-under the direction of Alisha.  We have gone from 6 students at WIS projected to 11 starting the year that are in need of ELL services.  Ann Marie will be doing small group instruction focusing on teaching reading curriculum vocabulary.

*      WMS/WHS-Lauren Cockrell provides English and Math classes to 31 students that have been scheduled according to their English language proficiency scores.  This year we are VERY fortunate to have middle and high school on the same schedule which allows for improved instructional level teaching.  Lauren is also expecting her second child in December. 

This is program has made a significant difference for our students, teachers and families.  We are able to provide research based curriculum instruction, while supporting/providing teachers with modified materials, in class support and information about each students Language Proficiency level yielded from the Washington Language Proficiency Test administered last February.  This year our ELL staff will continue their efforts with teacher and instructional assistant professional development activities that help provide staff with the skills and strategies that help these students be successful.  We hope to continue our Guided Language Acquisition Training (GLAD) for our principals, reading staff and first grade teachers.