EPSD strives to empower our multilingual students to become leaders of their own learning and exemplify the district’s Global Outcomes. We do this by creating a culture of equity, inclusion, understanding, and collaboration with our family partners. We foster success in the school environment and beyond to prepare our linguistically diverse students for career, college, and life. As a staff, we have high expectations for students and ourselves in order to provide effective and engaging English language instruction in the areas of speaking, listening, reading, and writing.
Students are empowered leaders of their own learning, facilitated by Global Outcomes and linguistic diversity to prepare them for success in career, college, and life in our global community beyond high school.
Bilingualism is an asset for learning.
Culturally and linguistically diverse students bring many assets to the learning process that must be affirmed and developed during instruction.
Effective language instruction in reading, writing, listening, and speaking accelerates the development of the English language.
A partnership between the family and the school is vital to the academic growth of a student.
Our staff members are dedicated to culturally responsive teaching.
Our staff members are dedicated to a culture of inclusion and believe all whom we serve should be honored for who they are.
Our staff members are dedicated to a culture of excellence.
Teachers continue to learn, grow, and improve in the delivery of promising practices for teaching language instruction.
EPSD utilizes a variety of print and digital curricula to develop proficiency in English. These curricula are literature-based, designed for multilingual learners, and aligned with grade-level Colorado English Language Proficiency standards and grade-level Common Core State Standards. As a member of the WIDA Consortium, Colorado provides annual English language proficiency assessment utilizing WIDA ACCESS 2.0 In addition, the EPSD staff monitors students' progress in English language proficiency twice annually utilizing WIDA MODEL. Our elementary school partners with Collaborative Classroom and our middle and high school partners with National Geographic/Cengage to deliver a curriculum that gives each English language learner the tools they need for academic success. In addition, the Elementary uses EL Achieve Systematic ELD curriculum.
ELD Program Services Include
Direct instruction services for our newcomer students, non-English proficient students (NEP), and limited-English proficient students (LEP).
Push-in classroom support provided from the ELD paraprofessional or the ELD teacher.
Indirect, Tier 1 instructional strategies in every classroom for our fluent-English proficient students (FEP).
Progress monitoring of the academic growth and progress of every student.