English Language Development
The English Language Development (ELD) Program supports children learning English at our school. The goal of this support is to develop English Language Proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing for students with limited English proficiency. Classroom and ELD teachers collaborate to support student achievement and full access to the curriculum.
Identification and Assessment at Foothill:
Students are identified for English language support based upon the BVSD Home Language Survey and an initial screening assessment. Children who qualify will be assessed annually with the Colorado ACCESS assessment to determine growth in listening, speaking, reading, and writing until they achieve full proficiency in English.
All classroom teachers are trained in strategies to support diverse learners and to help students acquire English language proficiency while learning in a predominantly English environment. In addition, students in the ELD program meet with a specialized ELD teacher daily to focus on developing reading, writing, speaking, and listening skill across content areas. All instruction at Foothill Elementary focuses on challenging students of all ages and linguistic and cultural backgrounds to achieve their academic, creative and physical potential.
Family and Community:
Foothill Elementary provides translators and interpreters at most school events and at Parent-Teacher conferences. All school communication is provided in both English and Spanish. School and community resources are made available through bilingual staff and our Community Liaison. All families are encouraged to take part in the Foothill Community!
"He spoke... It wasn't how I spoke; He held my hand, it wasn't the color of my hand. But when he laughed, it was how I laughed... When he cried, it was how I cried..." – Anonymous