Welcome to the English Language Learners Program

  • The ELL Program supports schools in delivering an equal educational opportunity to students who speak a language or languages other than English, who speak another language in addition to English, or who have a language other than English spoken in their home, and who are academically achieving below grade level. The program focuses on helping students gain basic interpersonal communication skills and academic language proficiency in English, while developing and maintaining a healthy cross-cultural perspective. 

     ELL Program Information

     

    Do you have a question? Use this form to submit a question regarding ELL Program and the services we provide to our students.

Announcements

  • Imagine Learning Parent Night

    Posted by Virva Elliott on 9/9/2020 1:05:00 PM

    Parents and Educators who are interested in learning more about Imagine Learning:

    The Imagine Learning Alaska Support Team is inviting you to participate in a virtual Parent Night via Zoom on September 22nd at 6 p.m.

    You can expect to understand how:

    1. How the program works behind the scenes

    2. What the student experience looks like

    3. Strategies to help students get the most out of the program.

    4. Where to go for help

     

    Join Zoom Meeting
    https://imaginelearning.zoom.us/j/99327279820?pwd=TGxWbEhpL09nQUxiOHp5WnB6bG1Rdz09&from=msft

    Meeting ID: 993 2727 9820
    Passcode: 782553

    Find more information here: https://www.smore.com/nx75y.

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  • FNSBSD Alaska Smart Start 2020 Learning Options

    Posted by Virva Elliott on 8/6/2020 2:00:00 PM

    Students and families have three learning options for a safe return:

    o In Person/Blended Learning

    o eLearning

    o Homeschool through Fairbanks BEST

    Next Steps:

    o By default, your child(ren) will be enrolled in the In Person/Blended Learning option.

    o If you want to choose the eLearning option, contact your attendance area school.

    o If you want to choose homeschool, contact Fairbanks BEST.

    o If your child is enrolled in a charter school, please contact the school directly.

     

    More information in English: https://www.k12northstar.org/Page/9982

    Translations: 

     

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  • ELL Parent Meeting May 4th, 3 pm.

    Posted by Virva Elliott on 5/3/2020 3:40:00 PM

    We will discuss Title III-A Grant for School Year 2020-2021.

    Link to connect to the meeting through Zoom:

    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/99422081651?pwd=bHNNRHJDQmJnL1F1T2dwcmpIVmg5QT09

    Meeting ID: 994 2208 1651
    Password: 6mZRPR

     

    Presentation slideshow.

    Parent and Staff Survey: Title III-A Grant.

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  • ELL Program Parent Support Meeting 04/27/2020

    Posted by VIRVA ELLIOTT on 4/24/2020

    ELL Logo

    Join us on Monday, April 27th at 3 p.m. to learn about the supports that are available for parents and students through our school district and the ELL Program. There will also be tips for quick activities to do at home to meet the social-emotional needs of our children and ourselves.

    Connect to the Zoom meeting through this link:
    https://zoom.us/j/99422081651?pwd=bHNNRHJDQmJnL1F1T2dwcmpIVmg5QT09

    Meeting ID: 994 2208 1651
    Password: 6mZRPR

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  • Recipes from Around the World

    Posted by VIRVA ELLIOTT on 4/24/2020

    Click on the ELL Logo or the Facebook Logo to go to the ELL Program Facebook page to view the wonderful videos and recipes from around the world shared by our ELL Program staff.

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  • CANCELED: ELL & MEP College and Career Night

    Posted by Virva Elliott on 3/4/2020

    Update 3/17/2020:

    ELL & MEP College and Career Night has been canceled due to the statewide school closures. 

    Please keep an eye for College & Career related resources we will be posting soon (which students can access from home).

    In the meanwhile, if you have any questions, please email Virva Elliott, Director of ELL Program, at virva.elliott@k12northstar.org.

     

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  • ACCESS for ELLs Testing February-March

    Posted by Virva Elliott on 1/13/2020

    ACCESS for ELLs testing, the federally mandated annual English Language Proficiency Assessment for English Learner students, will begin February 3rd, 2020 and will continue through March 31st, 2020.

    ELL staff at each school will coordinate with principals the specific dates and times for pulling students out for ACCESS testing at the school level. Grade 1-12 students will be scheduled to take the online ACCESS for ELLs, and Kindergarten ELL students will be scheduled to take the paper-based ACCESS for ELLs test individually.


    ACCESS for ELLs will assess the students’ English Language Proficiency in four domains: Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing. The results of this assessment will be available in June 2020. If you have questions regarding ACCESS for ELLs testing, please do not hesitate to contact the ELL Program Director, Virva Elliott, at 452-2000 ext. 11467 or virva.elliott@k12northstar.org. You can also visit https://wida.wisc.edu/assess/access for more information.

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  • CEUs for WIDA Self-Paced English Learner eWorkshops

    Posted by Virva Elliott on 12/2/2019 12:00:00 PM
     
    Did you know you can earn a CEU for completing 15 hours of WIDA eWorkshop modules? When you complete a module, a certificate can be printed indicating the number of hours spent, which can be submitted to the teacher certification office. Complete multiple eWorkshops to gain the minimum required 15 hours to earn a CEU.
     
    The following eWorkshops are available in the eLearning Center of the WIDA Secure Portal:
    • Using the WIDA Writing Rubric
    • Leading for Equity: Classroom Walkthrough
    • Classroom Educators: Engaging Newcomer Multilingual Learners              
    • Language for Learning in Mathematics
    • Doing and Talking STEM
    • Foundational Concepts for K-12 Educators
     
    FNSBSD staff: For Secure Portal access, contact Virva Elliott at virva.elliott@k12northstar.org.
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  • ESL teaching endorsement opportunity

    Posted by Virva Elliott on 11/1/2019 3:50:00 AM

    Are you a certified teacher interested in earning your ESL endorsement? University of Alaska is now offering a graduate certification opportunity (18 credits) that is offered fully online. Please see flyer (link below) for more information, deadline to apply is November 15th, 2019. While the program is targeting grade levels K-6, interested teachers from all grade levels are invited to apply.

    Graduate Certificate in ESL Flyer

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  • Self-paced online trainings for teacher

    Posted by Virva Elliott on 10/17/2019 12:00:00 PM

    Alaska Department Education & Early Development has purchased six online trainings that are available for teachers and other education professionals in our district:

    WIDA Self-Paced English Learner eWorkshops
     
    Join the participants in six districts across Alaska already enrolled and working through the modules! Complete the eWorkshops individually, or expand your learning with your professional learning community!
     
    The following eWorkshops are available in the eLearning Center of the WIDA Secure Portal:
    • Using the WIDA Writing Rubric
    • Leading for Equity: Classroom Walkthrough
    • Classroom Educators: Engaging Newcomer Multilingual Learners            
    • Language for Learning in Mathematics
    • Doing and Talking STEM
    • Foundational Concepts for K-12 Educators

    If you are interested in the eWorkshops and do not yet have a WIDA Secure Portal account, contact ELL Program Director, Virva Elliott, at virva.elliott@k12northstar.org to obtain access to these great resources.

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Last Modified on September 9, 2020