The North Kitsap School District Instructional Model
The North Kitsap School District's English Language Learners program provides support for those students whose first language is a language other than English and who qualify for supplemental services. Our program includes supportive mainstream and dual immersion.
Teachers may provide aligned supportive mainstream instruction in a number of formats:
What is Supportive Mainstream Instruction?
Supportive Mainstream Instruction is consistent, focused, and effective language development instruction provided through ELL pull-out/push-in instruction or though small group work with the classroom teacher. Students in this model access grade-level academic content through participation in their mainstream classrooms.
What does it look like?
Language Instruction is delivered in English by teachers who have been trained in the field of second language acquisition and/or GLAD (Guided Language Acquisition Design) strategies. Instruction may occur either individually or in small groups within the mainstream classroom (push-in) or separate from the mainstream classroom (pull-out) with the focus of supporting English language development.
Certificated Staff may provide aligned supportive mainstream instruction in a number of formats:
- Teaching a small group of students in the mainstream classroom (push-in).
- Elementary and Secondary: teaching a content area class using GLAD strategies to a class with ELL students.
- Many North Kitsap School District instructional staff have been trained in GLAD.
Instructional Assistants provide support in a number of formats:
- Working with a small group of ELL students or individuals in the mainstream. The instructional assistant is given lesson objectives and materials prior to working with a group. The instructional assistant supports the student in learning the objective, not necessarily in completing the assignment.
- Small group or individual tutoring (ELL students) with a lesson plan provided by a certificated teacher.
- Instructional assistants pre-teach, re-teach, or clarify in the child’s home language (when home language is available) lessons designed by the classroom teacher.
What is Dual Immersion?
A Dual Immersion program (also called dual language or two-way immersion when half the students are monolingual English speakers and half are speakers of the partner language) provides instruction in two languages and can serve both language minority and language majority students in the same classroom. Students receive academic instruction in each of the two languages from a highly qualified teacher who uses only the target language during that part of the instruction. The goal is for students to become proficient in both their native language and their second language while simultaneously gaining high academic achievement in both languages. Additionally, dual language programs seek to foster student success in becoming bilingual, biliterate, and bicultural. Students in a two-way program also gain proficiency through interactions with their native-speaking peers and develop cooperative skills and cross-cultural understanding. The primary goals of a Dual Immersion program are for all students to become linguistically proficient in English and the partner language and to excel academically.
What does it look like?
- In a two-way model, at least 30% of the students in the class are native speakers of each of the languages of instruction.
- Teachers are highly proficient in the language they teach and use only the target language during immersion time for that language.
- Students study academic content in each language.
- Students receive at least 50% or more of their instruction in the language other than English.
Dual Language Program Locations:
Vinland Elementary, Poulsbo Middle School, and North Kitsap High School.