Learning a second language is very challenging. It is the belief of Rockford Public Schools that each child will be treated as an individual, and cultural differences will be appreciated and respected. Rockford’s ELL Program (English Language Learners) is currently staffed with a program director and two part-time ELL paraprofessionals. Support is given to students in grades K-12 on an individual pull-out basis. Once the student has been assessed in oral, reading and writing proficiency, an immersion program is implemented for each student. The number of times a week we meet with the student depends on each student’s needs. We help our English Language Learners assimilate into their new culture both socially and academically. We believe that human relationships are at the heart of learning for our ELL students. Establishing warm and positive relationships with teachers and staff is fundamental.
ELL staff will also work with the general education teachers of English Language Learners to adapt and modify curriculum and to reinforce classroom objectives. We work together to prioritize the general curriculum goals to be taught.
For any questions regarding our ELL Program, help in contacting parents of ELL students, or general support, please contact us at 616.863.6326.