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Board Briefs - Jan. 8, 2019

Here are a few highlights from the San Juan Unified Board of Education’s most recent regular meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 8 (the full agenda packet can be found here).


Board receives update on English language learner program


Staff provided the board with an update on the English language learner program, including demographics, available supports and the journey an English learner goes through from arrival to reclassification in San Juan Unified.


While the majority of English learners in San Juan Unified speak Spanish, students who primarily speak Dari and Pashto have dramatically increased over the past few years. To help support English learners, there are currently 42 bilingual instructional assistants at school sites, as well as nine school community resource assistants. The district also has eight translators on staff for interpreting and translation requests. 


There are currently 117 English Language Development (ELD) sections in middle and high schools, with 60 full-time ELD teachers supporting students. 


Along with support in the classroom, the district also offers extended opportunities for students, including Saturday Academy, Building Oral Language (BOLT) music, newcomer programs in elementary schools and summer school support for English learners. For parents, programs such as summer workshops, family nights, the English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC) and the District English Learner Advisory Committee (DELAC) are available. 


In other news…

  • The board approved the proposed revisions to the Use of Facilities Handbook regarding language and fees.


The Board of Education will hold its next regular meeting Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019 in the district office Board Room. Agendas are posted online Fridays before each meeting and can be found here.