English Learner & Multicultural Education Department
To ensure all English learner students develop proficiency in English while maintaining their linguistic and cultural identity, and to engage educators in professional development to support the academic and linguistic needs of English learner students.
The English Learner and Multicultural Department provides resources, programs and services for English learner (EL) students that support acquisition of the English language using standards-based academic content. The programs and activities offered through the English Learner and Multicultural Department are aligned with the San Juan Unified School District (SJUSD) Mission, Common Core Standards and the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP).
The San Juan Unified School District presently serves over 5,000 English Learners. This population comes from over 72 different languages. English Language Learners in the San Juan Unified School District are placed in immersion and mainstream programs taught in English. Parents may request placement into dual language immersion programs by contacting the English Learner Program Manager. For a list of schools with translation/interpretation requirement go to this link (15 percent schools).Major Language Populations:
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Services and Supports
ENGLISH LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT
The SJUSD staff works closely with school sites to ensure all students receive English Language Development (ELD) instruction during the school day. Typically, students receive a minimum of 30 minutes per day of English language support. Additional supplemental supports for long-term English learners are also available.
TEACHER PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
The EL professional development team offers training, coaching, and resources to teachers.
SCHOOL COMMUNITY RESOURCE ASSISTANTS & REFUGEE SPECIALIST
Staff has been hired to support our Farsi, Dari, Pashto, Arabic, and Spanish speaking families and students. They provide resources and serve as a bridge between school, families, district andcommunity based organizations.
HOME ONLINE MULTI-MEDIA EDUCATION (HOME) PROGRAM
The HOME program is a computer loan program which provides a Chromebook or iPad for eligible students to support their acquisition of English at home. Eligible students are determined by years in the United States, English proficiency levels, and family commitment.
The EL department is committed to supporting our bilingual families by providing, to the extent possible, translation and interpreting services.