English Language Development Programming

English Learners (ELs) are served through a variety of programming options based on their individual needs using the Response to Intervention framework to guide decisions. Practices include collaboration, coaching, co-teaching and direct English language and content instruction. Intensity of services is determined using the collaborative problem-solving approach embedded in the RtI framework.

Tier I Universal Classroom Instruction - Classroom teachers, content area specialists, and ESL specialists collaborate using a variety of instructional strategies to support language development and content growth throughout the school day.

Tier II Targeted Instruction - ESL specialists or other support staff work with students in a small group setting to target the specific language development needs of the group. At the secondary level, this may be facilitated through a specific course, such as Sheltered Language Arts or Social Studies.

Tier III Intensive instruction - ESL specialists work individually with students, such as newcomers, who require intensive support.

ESL and Content teachers make instructional decisions to ensure English language development and content learning occurs throughout the school day. The role of the ESL Teacher is determined by the school’s needs on an individual and group level. All ELs have an English Language Learner Plan addressing individual student’s specific ELD needs.

The district’s curriculum and Colorado Academic Standards/Common Core State Standards (CAS/CCSS) are integrated with the Colorado English Language Proficiency (CELP) standards and facilitated through differentiated instructional practices. The goal is grade level performance and proficiency in English through additive services and instruction. Instructional decisions are not time-bound or based on time in the ESL program; rather on performance in both English language proficiency and academics.

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In compliance with Titles VI & VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008, and Colorado law, the Douglas County School District RE-1 does not unlawfully discriminate against otherwise qualified students, employees, applicants for employment, or members of the public on the basis of disability, race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, religion, ancestry, or need for special education services. Discrimination against employees and applicants for employment based on age, genetic information, and conditions related to pregnancy or childbirth is also prohibited in accordance with state and/or federal law. Complaint procedures have been established for students, parents, employees, and members of the public. The School District's Compliance Officer and Title IX Coordinator to address complaints alleging sexual harassment under Title IX is Aaron Henderson, 620 Wilcox Street, Castle Rock, Colorado, complianceofficer@dcsdk12.org, 720-433-1083.

Outside Agencies

Complaints regarding violations of Title VI, (race, national origin), Title IX (sex, gender), Section 504/ADA (handicap or disability), may be filed directly with the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, 1244 North Speer Blvd., Suite 310, Denver, CO 80204. Complaints regarding violations of Title VII (employment) and the ADEA (prohibiting age discrimination in employment) may be filed directly with the Federal Office of Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, 303 E. 17th Ave., Suite 510, Denver, CO 80202, or the Colorado Civil Rights Commission, 1560 Broadway, Suite 1050, Denver, CO 80202.