English Learners Program
D.C. Everest is committed to providing all students with access to the resources they need, when they need them. Our English Learner (EL) program offers support for our English learner and newcomer students to ensure they have the opportunity to achieve at the same level as a student who is a native speaker of English. The District respects all cultures and languages of our students and recognizes the importance of valuing a student’s multi-lingual abilities.
Our English Learner programs are aligned with the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction’s Bilingual and English Learner Program and with WIDA English language development standards. These programs are designed to help students master the English language with emphasis placed on speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills to help them become independent and ensure they are college, career, and life ready.
Other Program Components:
Professional Development in co-teaching and early literacy has been a continued focus in-district, with all PK4-grade 3 teachers required to successfully complete the LETRS units 1-4 PD via Voyager Sopris.
EL K-12 teachers co-teach with core literacy teachers to ensure that students have access to differentiated support within the core state standards.
Guidance and department chairs work to communicate with EL students and families access to GT, honors, AP, internship, and dual credit and transcripted courses available for them to enroll in within district offerings.
Young Adults group run at SRH level for EL students. Cultural Club and after-school activities to celebrate student cultures at various schools
Our leadership team is utilizing components of Zaretta Hammond's Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain to help drive equitable and rigorous learning opportunities for all students, with focus on our EL population.
The district also utilizes the iReady program to monitor student progress in literacy and math K-8 and Transeo at secondary to ensure college, career and workplace readiness indicators are met by high school graduation.