District 622 works hard to improve the effectiveness of EL programs and staff by implementing rigorous qualification standards for teachers and professional development opportunities for staff.3.1 Evidence teachers are licensed and highly qualified in their teaching assignment
- Funding for EL teachers and teaching assistants are allocated from district resources.
- Using the end-of-year number of EL students reported in MARSS, district 622 annually projects the number of EL students who will need EL services the following year.
- The goal of staffing is to deliver equitable EL service across district 622
- Preliminary staffing assignments are made in the spring. Final staffing assignments occur the following fall, near the October 1st enrollment report. It is expected that some preliminary assignments will change based on actual student enrollment. Staffing assignments will be reviewed and adjusted at least twice per year (October 1st, and in January).
3.2 Evidence that district 622's program teachers and paraprofessionals assisting in instruction are proficient in the language of instruction
All EL teachers in district 622 have gone through rigorous training and hold current Minnesota teaching licenses, and some hold other relevant licensures. Those who teach in sheltered content classes are required to hold current teaching licenses for the content area in which they are teaching, thus meeting Highly Qualified requirements. Ongoing professional development is required of all EL teachers, sheltered content teachers, and teaching assistants who work with EL students. Many of the EL teaching assistants in district 622 hold college degrees and some hold or are working towards licensure in EL.
Bilingual liaisons are part of the EL staff but do not have teaching responsibilities. Their responsibilities revolve solely around the facilitation of home-school communication. District 622 is fortunate to have liaisons who are native speakers of Spanish, Hmong, and Somali who are also proficient speakers of English. When liaisons apply to district 622, they must prove language proficiency in their home language and also oral and written proficiency in English before their applications can be considered.
Teachers are responsible for designing and delivering instruction. They are also accountable for designing instruction to be delivered by teaching assistants. EL teaching assistants are used to supplement classroom or EL teacher instruction but not to replace it.
3.3 Evidence that long-term and scientifically based professional development is designed to improve the instruction and assessment of EL.
District 622 EL teachers are invited to take part in professional development. It is encouraged that all EL staff attend the annual ESL, Bilingual, Migrant state conference each spring, and many also choose to attend a fall conference. On-site training is offered by district literacy coaches.