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English Learners (EL)

Gaining English language proficiency to succeed academically and achieve goals

The goal of English Learner (EL) instruction is to support English learners in achieving the language proficiency needed to succeed academically and to realize personal, social, and career goals. EL teachers work in collaboration with both general education and specialist teachers to design a comprehensive instructional program for each student. Teachers also review data throughout the school year to determine how a student progresses through the EL program. 

Students who are eligible for services are assigned an EL level (1-5 for kindergarten through grade 12 and 1-4 for prekindergarten) based on a language assessment. EL teachers provide supplemental English language development instruction for all students at levels 1-5 and collaborate with grade-level or content area teachers to provide access to content and support English language development.

The State of Minnesota has adopted the WIDA English Language Development Standards. These standards represent the social and academic language students will need to understand and use to succeed in school.

  • EL services and/or course offerings may vary slightly from one school to another.
  • Co-teaching support is provided based on needs of students and staff capacity.

Main Contact

Kiersten Nicholson
Coordinator
763-391-7074
NicholsonK@district279.org

EL Appointment Line: 
763-585-7359

EL Levels of Service

Levels of service