English Language Services Department

Overview

The Lawrence Public Schools (LPS) English Learner Services 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 placement of ELs, English language instruction 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 of content teachers in regards to their English Learners. In addition, through Title III funding, the department supports Extended Learning and summer programs for immigrants and ELs as well as Family Literacy Programs 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.

 

Curriculum & Instruction Contact:

English Learner (EL) Services
Title
Name
Phone
Email
Director of EL Services
Kinnon McCall Foley
(978) 975-5905 x25608
EL Facilitator (LHS)
Laurie Hartwick
(978) 975-5905 x39402
EL Manager of Special Projects Sarah Trotsky (978) 975-5905 x25636 Sarah.Trotsky@lawrence.k12.ma.us