English Language Learners (ELL) Program
Ogden International is proud of our cultural and racial diversity. There are 49 different languages spoken at our students' homes (see list below). Our racial diversity is also impressive, with 15% black, 16% Hispanic, 44% white, and 15% Asian at East Campus, and 35% black, 33% Hispanic, 23% white, and 5% Asian at West Campus. We recognize the importance of supporting English Language acquisition. Ogden has an English Language Learner (ELL) program designed to support English Language Learners. The initiatives below are ways we are working to improve English Language acquisition outcomes in the future.
Over the past several years, and until the 2017-2018 school year, Ogden East has been out of compliance with the State of Illinois for not providing English Language Learners (ELLs) the required service minutes/periods by an English Language Learner (ELL) endorsed teacher. That past model depended solely on students being pulled-out of homeroom instruction by an ELL teacher into small group instruction.
In 2017, under the direction of the Office of Language and Cultural Education (OLCE), we moved into compliance by assigning English Language Learners (ELLs) into homerooms taught by an ELL Endorsed teacher. There were 6 homerooms, one per grade level, and one pull-out teacher, ensuring those with most need received additional support.
Although we were in compliance, grouping ELL Students into homerooms limited other classrooms’ exposure to the benefits of learning with students who speak other languages and have experiences from all around the world. We also saw that students who speak the same language tend to speak that language rather than English. This grouping not only undermines the very value of our IB PYP Programme of Inquiry at Ogden East, but does not provide true opportunity for students to benefit from all aspects of our diverse learning community.
Knowing that our learning community highly values ELL students learning with their English speaking peers, we proposed distributing ELLs to all homerooms (as done in the past), but include a new “Walking Literacy Program” for ELL identified students during the 2 period literacy block (120 minutes), as well as continue pull-out and team teaching by the ELL Coordinator.
A pilot was implemented last school year (2017-2018) in Kindergarten to ensure an understanding of the impact and supports needed. The pilot was successful so the administration is rolling it out to the entire school in September 2018.
2018-2019 School Year (and beyond)
English Language Learner Support Staff