Federal Programs

ELL – English Language Learner Program

The ELL Welcome Center and enrollment office (watch our video) is located at Park Middle School, 855 S. 8th Street, phone 436-1998.

About the ELL Program

Lincoln Public Schools is proud of its diverse student population and is committed to the goal of meeting the needs of ELL students at all grade levels.  We currently serve approximately 2600 English Language Learners in our K-12 program.  Our students and their families represent 115 different countries and 96 different languages.

ELL services are provided to assist students with limited English skills to function in the regular English-speaking classroom, to develop proficiency in reading, writing, speaking, and listening in English, and to develop knowledge about the customs and culture of the school, community, and nation. Program leaders, coaches, teachers, and liaisons are helpful in facilitating resource information about many cultures and languages in the community.

ELL services are provided district wide.  A home language survey must be administered to determine if a student is a potential Limited English Proficient (LEP) student.  The 3 questions required by Rule 15 include:

  • What language did the student first learn to speak?
  • What language is spoken most often by the student?
  • What language does the student most frequently use at home?

If the responses indicate that the student speaks a language other than English, then a language proficiency assessment must be administered to determine if the student qualifies as an LEP student.

For more information regarding assessment, please contact the ELL Welcome center and enrollment office located at Park Middle School, 855 S. 8th Street, phone 436-1998.

ELL Program Goals:

  • Teaches students listening, speaking, reading and writing in English.
  • Helps students to develop important knowledge in many subject areas.
  • Teaches students strategies necessary for success in other curriculum areas.
  • Orients students to the culture of the school and community.
  • Helps students maintain respect for their culture and use of their first language.

In order to meet this goal, the district:

  • Identifies students who may be limited English proficient
  • Assesses their English language proficiency
  • Provides a program of services to meet their language and academic needs
  • Involves parents or guardians in the education of their children
  • Assists in fostering a culture of learning that values and is responsive to the diverse backgrounds of the students and their families
  • Provides support to staff in their acquisition and use of specific knowledge, skills and strategies for English Language Learners

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Federal Programs

Linda Hix : Director, Federal Programs

Linda Hix

Director, Federal Programs

 lhix@lps.org
 402-436-1988

 

Laura Salem : ELL Supervisor

Laura Salem

ELL Supervisor

 lsalem@lps.org
 402-436-1982