Vision, Mission, and Goals

Vision

The Round Rock ISD ESL program will provide guidance and support to every campus so that every student can achieve excellence in their academic and personal lives.

Mission

The mission of the Round Rock ISD ESL program is to provide research-based educational guidance and support to every campus and student to achieve academic excellence.

Goals

  • Provide an educational framework for excellence to support English Language Learners.
  • Support teacher education through professional development opportunities that support diverse learners.
  • Develop efficient and effective systems to monitor student achievement of diverse learners.
  • Use data to provide teacher and student support.
  • Serve every person with integrity, a positive attitude, and student-focused action.

Forms and Resources

All campuses at elementary, middle, and high schools offer ESL services.

Middle School

Middle school ESL students may receive ESL Language Arts and ESL Reading based upon the LPAC decision.

High School

The following courses are offered to ELLs, based upon the LPAC decision:

  • ESL I students (beginners) take ESL Reading.
  • ESL II (Intermediate) students take ESL Reading.
  • Advanced ESL students are enrolled in a general education English class

About the ESL Program

  • To enable ELLs to become competent in understanding, speaking, reading, and writing English.
  • To provide ELLs with equal educational access and benefits.
  • To give ELLs the opportunity to experience early academic success while they learn English as a second language.
  • To build knowledge and learning in content areas as they acquire English.
  • To help students celebrate their cultural heritage and increase self-assurance and confidence.
  • To comply with Federal/ State legal regulations concerning the education of English language learners.

Implementation

  • RRISD uses a content-based instructional model.
  • RRISD uses a sheltered instruction model. Students are taught the same curriculum in a traditional classroom setting with individualized instructional modifications.
  • Pre-K is offered at eleven campuses for ESL students who will be four years old as of Sept. 1.

Benefits

  • ESL certified teachers help students learn English as quickly as possible.
  • ESL students, teachers, and campuses benefit from additional State funding for resources for ESL students.
  • Students may have the opportunity to interact with others who speak the ELLs native language.
  • ESL teachers provide instructional accommodations.

Qualifiers

  • An Oral Language Proficiency Test is administered based on the Home Language Survey completed at registration
  • Additional language assessment is completed at the home campuses if necessary
  • A Language Proficiency Assessment Committee (LPAC), made up of a parent representative, administrators, and ESL teachers, reviews yearly student placements, programs and progress

Parent Involvement

  • Parents are welcome to visit campuses to view the program.
  • Parents are encouraged to share information with teachers regarding culture and language and to serve as translators, liaisons, and as LPAC members.
  • Parents are invited to participate in the PTA and in all other activities at school.
  • Parents are encouraged to a) support student participation in the program; and, b) be positive with their children about the benefits of being in an ESL program.

Diversity Appreciation

Schools may:

  • Include diversity as an objective in the Campus Improvement Plan, and in the school’s mission and vision statements.
  • Encourage the development of a cultural calendar.
  • Plan throughout the year celebrations that include culturally diverse artisans, storytellers, dancers, and musicians.
  • Set up an ESL Parent Focus Group that will guide staff concerning culture, and serve as translators, liaisons, and LPAC members.
  • Encourage all students to learn another language through various school media.
  • Allocate resources to encourage appreciation and understanding of various cultures.
  • Plan celebrations and displays at the school that will encourage the appreciation of diverse cultures.
  • Encourage foreign language and multicultural clubs that explore various cultures.

Meeting Student Needs

  • ESL teachers uses small and large group instruction. Other strategies may include peer-tutoring, use of integrated technology, and cooperative learning.