Arlington Public Schools uses a collaborative, inclusive model of instruction for elementary English learners in the English Learners program. Students receive their English Learner services from a certified English Learner teacher in a variety of ways. In each of the models, students are learning the grade level content (language arts, mathematics, social studies, science, etc.) and are also acquiring the social and academic English proficiency they need to have success in school. The four possible models of instructional delivery are described below.
Elementary English Learner Instructional Delivery Models
In the co-teaching model, the classroom teacher and the English Learner teacher plan and teach the content together. The teachers share instructional responsibility and are both involved in the teaching and assessing of student. The English Learner teacher addresses the language acquisition needs through differentiated instruction. This instruction gives the English learners access to and understanding of the grade level standards.
In the push-in model, the classroom teacher and the English Learner teacher share instructional responsibilities. The English Learner teacher works with small groups of English learners inside their grade level classroom, with a focus on English language development. This instruction gives the English learners access to and understanding of the grade level content.
In the pull-out model, English language development instruction by the English Learner teacher takes place in small groups outside of the classroom. This intense instruction is often for short periods of time and can be in groups by English proficiency level or heterogeneous learning groups.
This model is for students who have reached English proficiency and may still need language support. It is provided by English Learner teachers meeting with classroom teachers to share scaffolded lesson plans, adapted texts, or other language supports.