• Welcome to the English Learner (EL) Program. District 214 has a diverse student population representing more than 72 different language groups. Our English learners represent 16.4% (approx. 2,100 students) of the District’s total population.

    The English Learner Program engages every EL student in high quality instruction, assessment and research-based best practice. We strive to develop students’ linguistic needs in reading, writing, speaking and listening while also meeting their academic and social emotional needs.

    Program Goals:

    • Plan and deliver instruction that integrates language and content learning simultaneously using research-based best practices.
    • Ensure English learners are receiving the appropriate supports to foster their academic growth and success.
    • Refine instruction and programming for English learners through intentional analysis of data.
    • Safeguard English learner’s sense of pride in their language and culture.
    • Advocate for equitable access and remove barriers to success.
    • Graduate multilingual lifelong learners through the development of college, career and life readiness skills.
    • Support ELs in their gradual transition to general education classes and in accessing advanced classes.