Multilingual Learner Department

Overview

The Lawrence Public Schools (LPS) Multilingual Learner Department manages programs for English Learners (ELs) with the purpose of developing English language proficiency and promoting the attainment of state content-area standards. This department oversees initial English proficiency testing and the placement of ELs, English language development and content support, the annual assessment of English language proficiency (ACCESS), and the process of program exit and the post-exit monitoring of pertinent students. In addition to supporting a professional learning community of English as a Second Language (ESL) teachers, the department facilitates professional learning for content teachers and paraprofessionals in regards to their English Learners. In addition, through Title III funding, the department supports expanded learning and summer programs for immigrants and ELs as well as Family Literacy Programs and ESOL courses for parents of immigrant students. Lastly, the department works with the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and all LPS schools to ensure compliance with federal and state mandates regarding English Learner education.

Program Structure

The Lawrence Public Schools offers a Sheltered English Immersion Program (SEI) to English Learners in grades K-12.  The SEI program model consists of sheltered content instruction (SCI) as well as English as a second language instruction (ESL). The structure of the SEI program in Massachusetts acknowledges that English Learners acquire language while interacting in all classrooms as they engage with key academic practices, analytical skills, and conceptual development. In addition, the program understands that ELs must receive additional specific language and literacy instruction in order to reach desired levels of linguistic complexity.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Lawrence Public School’s program for English Learners is to provide quality instruction to ELs so they can acquire English language proficiency while having access to the core content by:

  • Ensuring that instruction is scaffolded, modeled and differentiated.
  • Promoting a culturally responsive classroom environment to facilitate learning and comfort.
  • Enabling ELs to compete with their peers to attain college and career readiness standards.
  • Providing systematic, explicit, and sustained instruction of English language and literacy.

 

Information for Families

English Learners Parent Advisory Council

ELPAC is a group for parents or guardian that work together to advise the schools and district on matters that impact English Learners (ELs).

Information for Teachers

Please visit the ML Department's managed website for resources and information:
https://sites.google.com/lawrence.k12.ma.us/lpseldepartment/home

 

Multilingual Learner Department Contact:

Multilingual Learner Department
Title Name Phone Email
Director of Multilingual Learners Kinnon McCall Foley (978) 975-5900 x25608 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Multilingual Learner Facilitator

Laurie Hartwick (978) 975-5900 x39402 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Multilingual Learner Facilitator Jullisa Declet

(978) 975-5900 x25640

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Multilingual Learner Family Engagement Specialist Yomayra Figueroa

(978) 975-5900 x18250

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