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What is ELD?

English Language Development (ELD) at American Academy

There are over 29 languages spoken and 31 nationalities represented at American Academy. Our students and families exemplify a global community! AA`s ELD team is dedicated to positively impact the academic and social engagements of our culturally and linguistically diverse students. We find that our students' home languages, experiences, home and community cultures are integral in building their personal values and academic achievement.

Program Overview

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

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

Tier II Targeted Instruction - ELD specialist or other support staff work with students in a small group setting to target the specific language development needs of the group.

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

ELD and Content teachers make instructional decisions to ensure English language development and content learning occurs throughout the school day. The role of the ELD 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.

Colorado Department of Education Program Requirements