The Hudson Public Schools English as a Second Language Program is designed to meet the diverse needs of English language learners (ELLs) in kindergarten through twelfth grade. The goal of the program is to provide students meaningful access to grade-level curriculum while developing students’ language and literacy skills for long-term academic success. ELLs participate fully in content area classrooms through sheltered instruction delivered by content teachers in collaboration with ESL (English as a second language) teachers and based on Common Core State Standards and the WIDA English Language Development Standards. As appropriate, ELLs are also provided with additional language instruction taught by ESL teachers and specially designed to promote social and academic language development based on WIDA ELD Standards. This instruction is delivered in small, flexible groups based on students’ language proficiency. To enhance learning beyond the school day, students are encouraged to access extra help sessions after school as well as summer enrichment programs to support continued language and literacy development. Finally, while learning English, students are encouraged to maintain and develop their first language and literacy through native language literacy classes and extracurricular programming both at school and in the community.
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