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Collaboratively Serving New English Learners

dows_lane ESDows Lane Elementary School, (Irvington, NY). At Dows Lane Elementary School, English as a New Language (ENL) students receive services from a certified ENL teacher in an integrated push-in model for students at higher proficiency levels and a stand-alone pull-out model for students at lower proficiency levels. Former English language learners (ELL) continue to receive ENL services for an additional two years after demonstrating proficiency on the state assessments for English language learning. The program teaches ELLs social and academic language skills as well as aspects of the English language necessary to succeed in their core content classes. All instruction is aligned with New York’s Learning Standards and grade level curricula. Dows Lane has a collaborative ENL class on each grade level. The general education teacher and the ENL teacher work together to deliver instruction to the newest English learners. ELL students participate in whole class learning and small group work with both teachers. When students work in small groups, the teachers use the Direct Instruction Model with explicit strategies. The ENL teacher and collaborating teacher meet monthly for planning sessions to review student data, progress, and prepare for upcoming lessons. In addition to direct instruction, the ENL teacher collaborates with our librarian to ensure culturally diverse resources are available. If students require additional academic or social-emotional support, they may also receive Response to Intervention services. Collaboration with families is integral for all students, so Dow’s Lane takes extra care to translate printed materials and uses a translating app on mobile devices when speaking with families who also have limited English ability.