English Learner Mission, Vision & Core Values
The District's English Learner (EL) Program serves approximately 345 bilingual students in grades K-12 from more than 12 language and cultural backgrounds. The mission and vision of the EL program in Duncan Public Schools is:
To provide an excellent education to all students.
To ensure that English Learners are provided a variety of learning opportunities that meet linguistic, cognitive, and academic growth in order to communicate effectively.
- Respect - To value oneself, recognize others, celebrate diversity and care for property.
- Collaboration – To facilitate, negotiate, build consensus, build strong teams, and empower others through open communication in a safe learning environment.
- Honesty – To consistently seek and speak the truth with integrity, while showing fairness.
- Leadership – To have the vision to face difficult situations with courage, confidence, creativity, and determination.
- Accountability– To be responsible for our actions towards others and the community while giving excellent service.
English Learner Program Goals
The Language Instruction Educational Program Goals are:
1) To help ensure that English learners, including immigrant children and youth, attain English proficiency and develop high levels of academic achievement in English;
2) To assist all English learners, including immigrant children and youth, to achieve at high levels in academic subjects so that all English learners can meet the same challenging State academic standards that all children are expected to meet;
3) To assist teachers (including preschool teachers), principals and other school leaders, State educational Agencies (SEAs), Local Educational Agencies (LEAs), and schools in establishing, implementing, and sustaining effective language instruction educational programs designed to assist in teaching English learners, including immigrant children and youth;
4) To assist teachers (including preschool teachers), principals and other school leaders, State Educational Agencies (SEA), and Local Educational Agencies (LEAs) to develop and enhance their capacity to provide effective instructional programs designed to prepare English learners, including immigrant children and youth, to enter all-English Instructional settings; and
5) To promote parental, family, and community participation in language instruction educational programs for the parents, families, and communities of English learners.