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Multilingual Education

“Customized learning means that we recognize and appreciate cultural differences in our community.” Unparalleled Altitude Report

Overview

Eagle County Schools’ Multilingual Education Department is committed to language development and academic success for all students through culturally responsive instructional practices.

Almost half of Eagle County Schools students come to school already speaking a language other than English at home. Language learners at all of our schools are supported through English language development programs. Additionally, many of our schools provide Dual Language 50/50 programs where all students develop academic proficiency in two languages.

English Language Development

English language learners learn how to speak, comprehend, read, and write in English proficiently. ELD teachers collaborate with classroom teachers to provide language instruction aligned with content, as well as additional language instruction based on students’ particular language needs. This may include co-planning, co-teaching, ESL classes and sheltered instruction. English language development is provided at all schools.

Spanish Language Development

Many of our schools are able to provide 50/50 Dual Language programs for all students. Students learn how to speak, comprehend, read, and write in both English and Spanish, regardless of native language. All teachers support language development of either English or Spanish through integration of language, literacy and content. Teachers use strategies for language development, active participation, student collaboration and discussion.  Students become bilingual, biliterate and bicultural throughout their school career reaching the goal of being academically proficient in English and another language as demonstrated through the Seal of Biliteracy. Students exhibit bilingual leadership in their community and are prepared for global citizenship.
Dual Language is provided at the following schools:
  • Avon Elementary
  • Edwards Elementary
  • Eagle Valley Elementary
  • Gypsum Elementary
  • Homestake Peak School
  • June Creek Elementary
  • Berry Creek Middle School

Assessment

Students learning English in the state of Colorado take the WIDA ACCESS English language assessment in January and February. The WIDA ACCESS evaluates English proficiency in the areas of reading, writing, speaking and listening. All kindergarten through twelfth-grade students who have been identified Non-English Proficient or Limited-English Proficient in the state of Colorado participate. The results are shared in the spring.

Equal Opportunities

All students have a right to equal access to an appropriate and high-quality public education per Federal law, including Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Equal Educational Opportunities Act of 1974, Title III of the No Child Left Behind Act, and Colorado statutory requirements.

Eagle County School's English Language Learner program gives students learning English equal access to high academic content and standards through the instruction of English (English as a second language), use of student's native language (transitional bilingual and dual language), and sheltered content classes.

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