English Language Learners
Title III is a federally-funded program that supplements the educational services already in place in the ESOL program in Hendry County Public Schools. Services are provided to ensure that English Language Learners attain English proficiency and meet the same challenging academic content and achievement standards as their English-speaking peers. Both ESOL and Title III Programs hold students accountable for progress in, and attainment of, English language proficiency.
English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) is a state-funded instructional program for eligible English Language Learners (ELL) in grades K-12. Florida Consent Decree and State Laws Covering ESOL hold school districts accountable for ensuring that ELL students have equal access to the curriculum comparable in amount, scope, sequence and quality to that provided to English proficient students. ELL students’ language proficiency should not impede them from participating in special programs, electives and school activities. Classroom teachers integrate proficiency standards with the Florida Academic Standards to enable ELLs to both communicate in English and demonstrate their academic, social, and cultural proficiency.
ELL Program Parent Involvement
Parents of ELL students are encouraged to participate in all parent activities related to the school in which their child is enrolled, and will receive school communications in their language when possible. Translators are available at schools, either by school staff or by district staff with prior arrangements. One ELL-specific parent activity is:
The ELL Committee
This committee meets at the school to act on decisions important to the instruction of the ELL student. Parents are always invited to these meetings and are encouraged to attend. A parent may request an ELL Committee meeting to address issues related to the student.
Hendry ELL PLC at Parent University
This district PLC is designed to make the parents of our ELL children become effective advocates for improved education and higher achievement for our ELL students. The district PLC is composed of the majority of parents of current and former ELLs, as well as classroom teachers and/or ESOL Resource Teachers.