English Learner Programs and Services

New Haven Unified School District is committed to developing an equitable educational system that values the cultural and linguistic backgrounds of their English Language Learners. Through the use of strategic instructional and educational support services, all stakeholders will be responsive to the needs of English Language Learners to ensure that they are college and career ready.

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Our Vision for English Learners

The New Haven Unified School District is committed to developing an equitable educational system that values the cultural and linguistic backgrounds of their English Language Learners. Through the use of strategic instructional and educational support services, all stakeholders will be responsive to the needs of English Language Learners to ensure that they are college and career ready.

Hui Stevens

Director, K-12 Instruction
hstevens@nhusd.k12.ca.us
(510) 471-1100, ext. 62631

English Learner Master Plan

English Learner Rights

Civil Rights Act of 1964

No person in the United States shall, on the grounds of race, color, or national origin...be denied the benefits or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity.

Lau v. Nichols, 1974

Lau establishes district’s obligation to provide ELLs with meaningful access to educational programs.

Castaneda v. Pickard, 1981

Districts shall not “track” students causing segregation.

 

Prop 58: Education for a Global Economy Initiative

In November 2016, California voters approved Proposition 58, also known as the California Education for a Global Economy Initiative (CA Ed.G.E.). The purpose of the CA Ed.G.E. Initiative is to ensure that all children in California public schools receive the highest quality education, master the English language, access high quality, innovative, and research-based language programs that prepare them to fully participate in a global economy.

Beginning July 1, 2017, the CA Ed.G.E. Initiative authorizes school districts and county offices of education to establish language acquisition programs for both native and non-native English speakers, and requires school districts and county offices of education to solicit parent and community input in developing language acquisition programs.

ELPAC Information

English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC)

The ELPAC...

Information for Families

ENROLLMENT

 

Identification

At the time of enrollment, California public schools are required to determine the language(s) spoken in the home by each student.  To gather this information, all parents/legal guardians are required to complete, sign, and date a Home Language Survey (HLS) for each of their school-aged children.

The HLS is included in the registration packet at all levels. The enrollment center ensures that parents/guardians receive an explanation of the EL identification process and whether their student will be assessed on the ELPAC. The parent must sign a form indicating that the identification process and instructional programs were explained to them.

Reclassification

Students who are Reclassified demonstrate strong English language proficiency and close to grade level academic proficiency.

At this time, New Haven Unified District use the following four criteria to establish local reclassification policies and procedures:

  1. Assessment of English Language Proficiency (ELP),
    using the CELDT or ELPAC
  2. Teacher evaluation, including, but not limited to, a review
    of the student’s curriculum mastery
  3. Parent opinion and consultation
  4. NWEA for comparison of student performance in basic
    skills against an empirically established range of performance in basic skills based on the
    performance of English proficient students of the same age

PARENT INVOLVEMENT

 

English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC)

A committee comprised of parents, staff, and community members specifically designated to advise school officials on English Learner program services.

District English Learner Advisory Committee (DELAC)

A district-level English Learner Advisory Committee comprised of parents, staff, and community members designated to advise district officials on English learner programs and services.

District English Learner Advisory Committee (DELAC)


Upcoming Meetings:
September 29, 2022 5:00-7:00 PM Flyer
Location: Educational Services Center
January 24, 2023 Time & Location TBD
April 27, 2023 Time & Location TBD

A committee comprised of parents, staff, and community members specifically designated to advise school officials on English Learner program services.

Recordings:

DELAC Virtual Meetings are from 5-7PM via Zoom.
*Para la agenda y notas en español, desplácese hacia abajo del documento seleccionado

Thursday, September 29, 2022: Meeting Agenda & Notes (English & Spanish)

Wednesday, May 4, 2022: Meeting Agenda & Notes (English & Spanish)

Tuesday, January 25, 2022: Meeting Agenda & Notes (English & Spanish)

Thursday, November 4, 2021: Meeting Agenda & Notes (English & Spanish)

Thursday, May 6, 2021: Meeting Agenda & Notes (English & Spanish)

Thursday, March 11, 2021: Meeting Agenda & Notes (English & Spanish)

Thursday, January 14, 2021: Meeting Agenda & Notes (English & Spanish)

Thursday, November 5, 2020: Meeting Agenda & Notes (English & Spanish)

Parent Survey Data Notes (English & Spanish)

Resources for Educators

Newcomers
The Newcomer Tool Kit provides (1) discussion of topics relevant to understanding, supporting, and engaging newcomer students and their families; (2) tools, strategies, and examples of classroom and schoolwide practices in action, along with chapter-specific professional learning activities for use in staff meetings or professional learning communities; and (3) selected resources for further information and assistance, most of which are available online at no cost.
English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC)