English Learners

English Learners Instructional Program

Goals
In OMSD, we are committed to increasing the achievement of all of our English Learners. Our English Learners are supported in English development through instruction of the California State English Language Development Standards. The goal for OMSD English Learners is for each student to grow one level each year as measured on the CELDT (California English Language Development Test) until they reach the advanced level.

Program
The instructional program for our English Learner is based on the most current research of effective programs. Specific instruction for English Learners occurs daily during scheduled ELD time where students are leveled according to their language needs. The ELD programs utilized in OMSD are: SRA in grades kindergarten–third, OMSD HM ELD in grades third–sixth, and Pearson Language Central in grades seven and eight.

Instruction
Our students are supported in language development and academic growth throughout the day. In addition to ELD, students receive language support during core and content subjects (English Language Arts, Math, Social Studies, Science) through researched best practices. These practices include academic vocabulary instruction, structured academic talk using response frames, and scaffolded guided writing. Strategic (below basic) level readers receive specialized instruction designed by Dr. Kate Kinsella, nationally acclaimed researcher and practitioner in the area of language development. Intensive (far below basic) level readers in grades four – eight, receive reading intervention and English Language Development through instruction in the Scholastic READ 180 program.

Professional Development
We are one of very few districts in the state to be privileged enough to have guidance and training from Dr. Kate Kinsella, internationally acclaimed expert on English Learners. All OMSD teachers have received training by Dr. Kate Kinsella in implementation of researched practices. Ongoing support is provided by instructional coaches through team planning and demonstration lessons. Teachers monitor the growth of students’ language development through ongoing assessments aligned with each of the ELD programs, as well as on common assessments and district benchmarks aligned to grade level standards.