• Benteen‌ ‌Elementary‌ ‌Language‌ ‌Policy‌ ‌2019‌ ‌-‌ ‌2020‌  
     
    Overview‌ 
     
    Benteen‌ ‌Elementary‌ ‌believes‌ ‌that‌ ‌language‌ ‌is‌ ‌critical‌ ‌to‌ ‌the‌ ‌success‌ ‌of‌ ‌all‌ ‌students‌ ‌and‌ ‌for‌ ‌all‌ 
    students‌ ‌to‌ ‌access‌ ‌new‌ ‌knowledge.‌ ‌The‌ ‌school‌ ‌believes‌ ‌that‌ ‌biliterate‌ ‌students‌ ‌can‌ ‌engage‌ ‌in‌ 
    different‌ ‌experiences‌ ‌mentally,‌ ‌socially,‌ ‌and‌ ‌academically.‌ ‌Benteen‌ ‌Elementary‌ ‌also‌ ‌believes‌ 
    that‌ ‌Language‌ ‌is‌ ‌the‌ ‌means‌ ‌to‌ ‌communicate‌ ‌with‌ ‌others‌ ‌through‌ ‌speaking,‌ ‌reading,‌ ‌&‌ ‌writing.‌ 
    These‌ ‌areas‌ ‌of‌ ‌communication‌ ‌play‌ ‌a‌ ‌vital‌ ‌part‌ ‌in‌ ‌the‌ ‌language‌ ‌that‌ ‌we‌ ‌develop‌ ‌and‌ ‌of‌ ‌the‌ 
    language‌ ‌that‌ ‌we‌ ‌teach.‌ ‌Thus,‌ ‌standing‌ ‌behind‌ ‌our‌ ‌beliefs‌ ‌in‌ ‌Language,‌ ‌Benteen‌ ‌Elementary‌ 
    has‌ ‌become‌ ‌a‌ ‌Dual‌ ‌Language‌ ‌Immersion‌ ‌(DLI)‌ ‌school.‌ ‌The‌ ‌school‌ ‌currently‌ ‌offers‌ ‌the‌ ‌DLI‌ 
    Program‌ ‌in‌ ‌grades‌ ‌Pre-K‌ ‌through‌ ‌Second.‌ ‌Each‌ ‌corresponding‌ ‌year,‌ ‌a‌ ‌grade‌ ‌level‌ ‌will‌ ‌be‌ ‌added‌ 
    until‌ ‌fifth‌ ‌grade.‌  
     
    Dual‌ ‌Language‌ ‌Immersion‌ ‌(DLI)‌ ‌allows‌ ‌each‌ ‌student‌ ‌to‌ ‌experience‌ ‌different‌ ‌aspects‌ ‌of‌ ‌the‌ 
    Latino‌ ‌culture‌ ‌regardless‌ ‌of‌ ‌their‌ ‌background.‌ ‌This‌ ‌is‌ ‌because‌ ‌DLI‌ ‌provides‌ ‌students‌ ‌with‌ ‌a‌ 
    platform‌ ‌where‌ ‌they‌ ‌can‌ ‌be‌ ‌successful‌ ‌in‌ ‌either‌ ‌English‌ ‌or‌ ‌Spanish.‌ ‌32%‌ ‌of‌ ‌Benteen’s‌ 
    population‌ ‌consists‌ ‌of‌ ‌students‌ ‌that‌ ‌have‌ ‌a‌ ‌Hispanic‌ ‌background.‌  
     
    In‌ ‌addition,‌ ‌Benteen‌ ‌also‌ ‌provides‌ ‌an‌ ‌English‌ ‌Speaker‌ ‌of‌ ‌Other‌ ‌Languages‌ ‌Program‌ ‌(ESOL).‌ 
    Currently,‌ ‌Benteen‌ ‌Elementary‌ ‌has‌ ‌68‌ ‌students‌ ‌who‌ ‌have‌ ‌qualified‌ ‌for‌ ‌the‌ ‌program‌ ‌support.‌ ‌The‌ 
    ESOL‌ ‌program‌ ‌affords‌ ‌non-native‌ ‌English‌ ‌speaking‌ ‌students‌ ‌a‌ ‌program‌ ‌of‌ ‌English‌ ‌instruction.‌ 
    Instruction‌ ‌is‌ ‌content-based‌ ‌and‌ ‌it‌ ‌supports‌ ‌the‌ ‌students’‌ ‌cultural‌ ‌adjustments‌ ‌in‌ ‌an‌ ‌effort‌ ‌for‌ 
    ELLs‌ ‌to‌ ‌become‌ ‌fully‌ ‌proficient‌ ‌in‌ ‌English‌ ‌and‌ ‌meet‌ ‌academic‌ ‌achievements.‌  
     
    Purpose‌ 
     
    The‌ ‌Language‌ ‌Policy‌ ‌at‌ ‌Benteen‌ ‌Elementary‌ ‌is‌ ‌designed‌ ‌to‌ ‌provide‌ ‌additional‌ ‌support‌ 
    and‌ ‌guidelines‌ ‌for‌ ‌the‌ ‌implementation‌ ‌of‌ ‌language‌ ‌instruction‌ ‌and‌ ‌acquisition‌ ‌of‌ 
    language‌ ‌for‌ ‌our‌ ‌students.‌ ‌The‌ ‌Language‌ ‌Policy‌ ‌is‌ ‌for‌ ‌all‌ ‌students‌ ‌that‌ ‌attend‌ ‌Benteen‌ 
    Elementary.‌ ‌This‌ ‌policy‌ ‌should‌ ‌align‌ ‌with‌ ‌all‌ ‌local,‌ ‌state,‌ ‌and‌ ‌federal‌ ‌regulations‌ ‌and‌ ‌the‌ 
    philosophy‌ ‌of‌ ‌International‌ ‌Baccalaureate.‌ ‌This‌ ‌language‌ ‌policy‌ ‌was‌ ‌created‌ ‌by‌ ‌the‌ 
    Pedagogical‌ ‌Leadership‌ ‌Team‌ ‌at‌ ‌Benteen‌ ‌Elementary‌ ‌with‌ ‌input‌ ‌from‌ ‌parents,‌ 
    community,‌ ‌and‌ ‌staff.‌ ‌This‌ ‌policy‌ ‌will‌ ‌be‌ ‌reviewed‌ ‌every‌ ‌year‌ ‌to‌ ‌ensure‌ ‌continuous‌ 
    alignment.‌  
     
    Language‌ ‌Practice‌ 
     
    Benteen‌ ‌Elementary‌ ‌students‌ ‌in‌ ‌Kindergarten,‌ ‌first,‌ ‌and‌ ‌second‌ ‌grades‌ ‌will‌ ‌participate‌ 
    in‌ ‌a‌ ‌two-way‌ ‌Dual‌ ‌Language‌ ‌Immersion‌ ‌program.‌ ‌The‌ ‌two-way‌ ‌DLI‌ ‌program‌ ‌will‌ ‌allow‌ 
    students‌ ‌to‌ ‌spend‌ ‌a‌ ‌half-day‌ ‌learning‌ ‌Mathematics‌ ‌and‌ ‌Science‌ ‌in‌ ‌Spanish.‌ ‌Reading‌ 
    and‌ ‌Social‌ ‌Studies‌ ‌will‌ ‌be‌ ‌taught‌ ‌in‌ ‌English.‌ ‌Students‌ ‌will‌ ‌also‌ ‌have‌ ‌the‌ ‌opportunity‌ ‌to‌ 
    engage‌ ‌in‌ ‌Spanish‌ ‌literacy‌ ‌within‌ ‌the‌ ‌Spanish‌ ‌immersion‌ ‌class‌ ‌daily.‌ ‌Students‌ ‌alternate‌ 
    their‌ ‌homerooms‌ ‌to‌ ‌complete‌ ‌the‌ ‌remaining‌ ‌of‌ ‌their‌ ‌day‌ ‌in‌ ‌the‌ ‌opposite‌ ‌subject‌ ‌areas‌ ‌in‌ 
    both‌ ‌Spanish‌ ‌and‌ ‌English.‌  
     
    Benteen‌ ‌believes‌ ‌that‌ ‌language‌ ‌is‌ ‌shown,‌ ‌expressed,‌ ‌and‌ ‌understood‌ ‌through‌ 
     
    Frederick‌ ‌W.‌ ‌Benteen‌ ‌Elementary‌ ‌Assessment‌ ‌Policy‌Updated‌ ‌Spring‌ ‌2020‌ 
     
     
     
    Benteen‌ ‌Elementary‌ ‌Language‌ ‌Policy‌ ‌2019‌ ‌-‌ ‌2020‌  
     
    speaking,‌ ‌reading,‌ ‌writing,‌ ‌and‌ ‌listening.‌ ‌Thus,‌ ‌teachers‌ ‌can‌ ‌work‌ ‌with‌ ‌students‌ ‌in‌ ‌a‌ 
    wide‌ ‌variety‌ ‌of‌ ‌modalities‌ ‌to‌ ‌ensure‌ ‌each‌ ‌student‌ ‌has‌ ‌a‌ ‌fluent‌ ‌understanding‌ ‌of‌ 
    language.‌ ‌Reading‌ ‌is‌ ‌taught‌ ‌throughout‌ ‌our‌ ‌curriculum‌ ‌in‌ ‌every‌ ‌content‌ ‌area.‌ ‌Reading‌ 
    skills‌ ‌are‌ ‌developed‌ ‌through‌ ‌listening,‌ ‌oral‌ ‌communication,‌ ‌and‌ ‌writing.‌ ‌At‌ ‌the‌ ‌same‌ 
    time,‌ ‌reading‌ ‌will‌ ‌help‌ ‌to‌ ‌develop‌ ‌our‌ ‌oral‌ ‌language.‌ 
     
    Each‌ ‌student‌ ‌will‌ ‌have‌ ‌45‌ ‌minutes‌ ‌of‌ ‌direct‌ ‌writing‌ ‌instruction‌ ‌each‌ ‌week‌ ‌in‌ ‌the‌ ‌writing‌ 
    lab.‌ ‌The‌ ‌writing‌ ‌lab‌ ‌is‌ ‌designed‌ ‌to‌ ‌help‌ ‌students‌ ‌express‌ ‌themselves‌ ‌through‌ ‌written‌ 
    communication.‌ ‌Lastly,‌ ‌Benteen‌ ‌Elementary‌ ‌offers‌ ‌each‌ ‌student‌ ‌45‌ ‌minutes‌ ‌of‌ ‌Spanish.‌ 
    The‌ ‌Spanish‌ ‌class‌ ‌is‌ ‌designed‌ ‌to‌ ‌introduce‌ ‌students‌ ‌to‌ ‌the‌ ‌language‌ ‌and‌ ‌the‌ ‌Hispanic‌ 
    culture.‌ ‌It‌ ‌is‌ ‌during‌ ‌the‌ ‌Spanish‌ ‌class‌ ‌that‌ ‌students‌ ‌are‌ ‌allowed‌ ‌to‌ ‌write‌ ‌using‌ ‌the‌ 
    Spanish‌ ‌language,‌ ‌speak‌ ‌to‌ ‌peers‌ ‌using‌ ‌the‌ ‌Spanish‌ ‌language,‌ ‌and‌ ‌hear‌ ‌others‌ ‌speak‌ 
    to‌ ‌them‌ ‌using‌ ‌the‌ ‌Spanish‌ ‌language.‌  
     
    Language‌ ‌Maintenance‌ ‌and‌ ‌Development‌  
     
     
    Students‌ ‌in‌ ‌grades‌ ‌K‌ ‌-2‌ ‌participate‌ ‌in‌ ‌“Fundations”‌ ‌phonics‌ ‌program.‌ ‌This‌ ‌program‌ 
    was‌ ‌developed‌ ‌by‌ ‌Wilson‌ ‌Language‌ ‌training‌ ‌and‌ ‌focuses‌ ‌on‌ ‌these‌ ‌key‌ ‌components.‌  
     
    Phonemic‌ ‌awareness‌ 
    Phonics/‌ ‌word‌ ‌study‌ 
    High‌ ‌frequency‌ ‌word‌ ‌study‌ 
    Reading‌ ‌fluency‌ 
    Vocabulary‌ 
    Comprehension‌ ‌strategies‌  
    Handwriting‌ 
    Spelling‌ 
    Students‌ ‌in‌ ‌grades‌ ‌K-5‌ ‌are‌ ‌also‌ ‌academically‌ ‌enriched‌ ‌in‌ ‌Fountas‌ ‌and‌ ‌Pinnell‌ 
    reading‌ ‌program.‌ ‌Fountas‌ ‌and‌ ‌Pinnell‌ ‌provide‌ ‌each‌ ‌student‌ ‌with‌ ‌a‌ ‌reading‌ ‌level‌ ‌in‌ 
    both‌ ‌English‌ ‌and‌ ‌Spanish.‌ 
     
    Methods‌ ‌and‌ ‌Programs‌  
     
    Benteen‌ ‌Elementary‌ ‌uses‌ ‌several‌ ‌programs‌ ‌to‌ ‌ensure‌ ‌students‌ ‌are‌ ‌being‌ ‌instructed‌ ‌in‌ ‌a‌ 
    variety‌ ‌of‌ ‌ways‌ ‌to‌ ‌continuously‌ ‌improve‌ ‌their‌ ‌language.‌ ‌Benteen‌ ‌promotes‌ ‌engagement‌ 
    within‌ ‌its‌ ‌lessons‌ ‌by‌ ‌utilizing:‌ 
     
    Orton-Gillingham‌  
     
    Frederick‌ ‌W.‌ ‌Benteen‌ ‌Elementary‌ ‌Assessment‌ ‌Policy‌Updated‌ ‌Spring‌ ‌2020‌ 
     
     
     
    Benteen‌ ‌Elementary‌ ‌Language‌ ‌Policy‌ ‌2019‌ ‌-‌ ‌2020‌  
     
    Fundations‌ 
    Fountas‌ ‌and‌ ‌Pinell‌ 
    Lexia‌ ‌Core‌ ‌Five‌ 
    Dreambox‌ ‌Learning‌ 
    Buzzer‌ ‌Reader‌ ‌Reading‌ ‌Program‌ 
    Read‌ ‌to‌ ‌Succeed‌ 
    Accelerated‌ ‌Reader‌ 
    Tablet‌ ‌2‌ ‌Read‌ 
    Support‌ ‌Staff‌ ‌and‌ ‌Services‌ 
     
    Benteen‌ ‌Elementary‌ ‌is‌ ‌full‌ ‌of‌ ‌educational‌ ‌diversity.‌ ‌This‌ ‌diversity‌ ‌allows‌ ‌us‌ ‌to‌ ‌provide‌ 
    students‌ ‌with‌ ‌different‌ ‌support‌ ‌measures‌ ‌in‌ ‌order‌ ‌to‌ ‌plant,‌ ‌cultivate,‌ ‌and‌ ‌push‌ ‌students‌ 
    towards‌ ‌enhancing‌ ‌their‌ ‌language‌ ‌skills‌ ‌and‌ ‌abilities.‌ ‌We‌ ‌aim‌ ‌to‌ ‌meet‌ ‌each‌ ‌student‌ ‌with‌ 
    support‌ ‌by‌ ‌providing‌ ‌the‌ ‌following‌ ‌programs.‌  
     
    Student‌ ‌Support‌ ‌Team‌ ‌(SST)‌  
    Early‌ ‌Intervention‌ ‌Program‌ ‌(EIP)‌ 
    English‌ ‌Speakers‌ ‌of‌ ‌Other‌ ‌Languages‌ ‌(ESOL)‌ ‌Program‌ 
    Gifted‌ ‌and‌ ‌Talented‌ ‌(GATE)‌ ‌Program‌ 
    Special‌ ‌Education‌ ‌Program‌ 
    English‌ ‌to‌ ‌Speakers‌ ‌of‌ ‌Other‌ ‌Languages‌ ‌(ESOL)‌ 
     
    The‌ ‌English‌ ‌to‌ ‌Speakers‌ ‌of‌ ‌Other‌ ‌Languages‌ ‌program‌ ‌at‌ ‌Benteen‌ ‌Elementary‌ ‌consists‌ 
    of‌ ‌three‌ ‌different‌ ‌models‌ ‌to‌ ‌accommodate‌ ‌students.‌ ‌Those‌ ‌three‌ ‌models‌ ‌are‌ ‌Pull-Out,‌ 
    Push-In,‌ ‌and‌ ‌Blended‌ ‌Model.‌ ‌The‌ ‌pull-out‌ ‌method‌ ‌consists‌ ‌of‌ ‌the‌ ‌ESOL‌ ‌teacher‌ ‌pulling‌ 
    students‌ ‌out‌ ‌of‌ ‌their‌ ‌general‌ ‌education‌ ‌classes‌ ‌to‌ ‌work‌ ‌with‌ ‌the‌ ‌teacher‌ ‌either‌ 
    one-on-one‌ ‌or‌ ‌in‌ ‌a‌ ‌small-group‌ ‌setting.‌ ‌The‌ ‌push-in‌ ‌method‌ ‌involves‌ ‌the‌ ‌ESOL‌ ‌teacher‌ 
    working‌ ‌inside‌ ‌the‌ ‌students'‌ ‌regular‌ ‌education‌ ‌classroom‌ ‌to‌ ‌provide‌ ‌instruction.‌ ‌The‌ ‌final‌ 
    model‌ ‌used‌ ‌is‌ ‌Blended‌ ‌learning‌ ‌which‌ ‌combines‌ ‌push-in‌ ‌and‌ ‌pull-out‌ ‌models.‌ ‌Also,‌ 
     
    teachers‌ ‌may‌ ‌elect‌ ‌to‌ ‌us‌ ‌in-person‌ ‌learning‌ ‌that‌ ‌includes‌ ‌teacher-led‌ ‌whole-class‌ 
    instruction,‌ ‌one-on-one‌ ‌instruction,‌ ‌and‌ ‌collaborative‌ ‌group‌ ‌learning.‌ ‌Online‌ ‌learning‌ 
    can‌ ‌be‌ ‌an‌ ‌individual‌ ‌or‌ ‌group,‌ ‌but‌ ‌it‌ ‌involves‌ ‌the‌ ‌use‌ ‌of‌ ‌online‌ ‌programs‌ ‌(Lexia‌ ‌Core‌ ‌5‌ ‌&‌ 
    Dreambox‌ ‌Learning)‌ ‌to‌ ‌deliver‌ ‌the‌ ‌learning‌ ‌experience‌ ‌for‌ ‌students.‌ ‌Online‌ ‌learning‌ ‌is‌ 
    meant‌ ‌not‌ ‌to‌ ‌replace‌ ‌the‌ ‌teacher‌ ‌but‌ ‌rather‌ ‌to‌ ‌extend‌ ‌learning.‌ ‌Online‌ ‌learning‌ ‌is‌ ‌only‌ 
    used‌ ‌at‌ ‌Benteen‌ ‌to‌ ‌provide‌ ‌additional‌ ‌support‌ ‌after‌ ‌providing‌ ‌the‌ ‌students‌ ‌with‌ ‌the‌ 
    Push-In‌ ‌or‌ ‌Pull-out‌ ‌classroom‌ ‌models.‌ ‌Benteen‌ ‌Elementary‌ ‌only‌ ‌uses‌ ‌the‌ ‌pull-out‌ ‌model‌ 
    for‌ ‌extreme‌ ‌cases.‌  
     
    Frederick‌ ‌W.‌ ‌Benteen‌ ‌Elementary‌ ‌Assessment‌ ‌Policy‌Updated‌ ‌Spring‌ ‌2020‌ 
     
     
     
    Benteen‌ ‌Elementary‌ ‌Language‌ ‌Policy‌ ‌2019‌ ‌-‌ ‌2020‌  
     
     
    Students‌ ‌in‌ ‌Kindergarten‌ ‌through‌ ‌3rd‌ ‌grade‌ ‌receive‌ ‌one‌ ‌45‌ ‌minute‌ ‌segment‌ ‌each‌ ‌day‌ ‌or‌ 
    225‌ ‌minutes‌ ‌per‌ ‌week‌ ‌in‌ ‌utilizing‌ ‌the‌ ‌Push-In‌ ‌model.‌ ‌Students‌ ‌in‌ ‌Fourth‌ ‌and‌ ‌Fifth‌ ‌grade‌ 
    receive‌ ‌one‌ ‌50‌ ‌minutes‌ ‌segment‌ ‌daily‌ ‌or‌ ‌250‌ ‌minutes‌ ‌per‌ ‌week‌ ‌utilizing‌ ‌the‌ ‌Push-In‌ ‌or‌ 
    Pull‌ ‌out‌ ‌model.‌ ‌Students‌ ‌who‌ ‌are‌ ‌available‌ ‌to‌ ‌a‌ ‌segment‌ ‌for‌ ‌the‌ ‌Blended‌ ‌Model‌ ‌in‌ 
    grades‌ ‌(K-2)‌ ‌receive‌ ‌an‌ ‌additional‌ ‌45‌ ‌minutes‌ ‌of‌ ‌instruction‌ ‌and‌ ‌grades‌ ‌(3-5)‌ ‌receive‌ ‌an‌ 
    additional‌ ‌50‌ ‌minutes‌ ‌of‌ ‌instruction.‌ ‌It‌ ‌is‌ ‌Benteen‌ ‌Elementary’s‌ ‌goal‌ ‌by‌ ‌2020‌ ‌school‌ 
    year‌ ‌to‌ ‌completely‌ ‌employ‌ ‌the‌ ‌use‌ ‌of‌ ‌the‌ ‌Push-In‌ ‌model.‌  
     
    ESOL‌ ‌students‌ ‌are‌ ‌identified‌ ‌through‌ ‌Benteen’s‌ ‌registration‌ ‌Home‌ ‌Language‌ ‌Survey.‌ 
    The‌ ‌survey‌ ‌consists‌ ‌of‌ ‌three‌ ‌questions‌ ‌which‌ ‌determine‌ ‌which‌ ‌prominent‌ ‌language‌ ‌is‌ 
    spoken‌ ‌in‌ ‌the‌ ‌home.‌ ‌If‌ ‌the‌ ‌student‌ ‌qualifies,‌ ‌then‌ ‌the‌ ‌student‌ ‌is‌ ‌administered‌ ‌the‌ 
    World-Class‌ ‌Instructional‌ ‌Design‌ ‌and‌ ‌Assessment‌ ‌(WIDA)‌ ‌MODEL‌ ‌for‌ ‌Kindergarten‌ ‌or‌ 
    the‌ ‌WIDA‌ ‌ACCESS‌ ‌Screener‌ ‌(grades‌ ‌1-5).‌ ‌During‌ ‌each‌ ‌calendar‌ ‌school‌ ‌year,‌ ‌qualifying‌ 
    ESOL‌ ‌students‌ ‌are‌ ‌administered‌ ‌by‌ ‌WIDA‌ ‌the‌ ‌Assessing‌ ‌Comprehension‌ ‌and‌ 
    Communication‌ ‌in‌ ‌English‌ ‌State‌ ‌to‌ ‌State‌ ‌(ACCESS)‌ ‌test.‌ ‌The‌ ‌ACCESS‌ ‌test‌ ‌is‌ ‌used‌ ‌as‌ 
    a‌ ‌method‌ ‌of‌ ‌measurement‌ ‌to‌ ‌gauge‌ ‌student‌ ‌English‌ ‌proficiency‌ ‌and‌ ‌academic‌ ‌language‌ 
    content‌ ‌growth‌ ‌through‌ ‌reading,‌ ‌speaking,‌ ‌listening,‌ ‌and‌ ‌writing.‌  
     
    To‌ ‌maintain‌ ‌student‌ ‌program‌ ‌accountability,‌ ‌each‌ ‌student‌ ‌in‌ ‌the‌ ‌ESOL‌ ‌program‌ ‌has‌ ‌a‌ 
    green‌ ‌folder‌ ‌located‌ ‌inside‌ ‌of‌ ‌the‌ ‌student‌ ‌records‌ ‌folder.‌ ‌This‌ ‌green‌ ‌folder‌ ‌contains‌ ‌the‌ 
    students'‌ ‌school‌ ‌registration,‌ ‌home‌ ‌language‌ ‌survey,‌ ‌WIDA‌ ‌(K)‌ ‌Model‌ ‌or‌ ‌ACCESS‌ 
    Placement,‌ ‌ESOL‌ ‌Enrollment‌ ‌form,‌ ‌parental‌ ‌consent‌ ‌forms,‌ ‌and‌ ‌more‌ ‌importantly‌ 
    student‌ ‌accommodations.‌ ‌The‌ ‌green‌ ‌folders‌ ‌help‌ ‌to‌ ‌keep‌ ‌track‌ ‌of‌ ‌students'‌ ‌progress‌ 
    throughout‌ ‌their‌ ‌school‌ ‌life‌ ‌and‌ ‌maintain‌ ‌many‌ ‌confidential‌ ‌records.‌  
     
    Students‌ ‌have‌ ‌the‌ ‌opportunity‌ ‌to‌ ‌exit‌ ‌the‌ ‌language‌ ‌assistance‌ ‌program‌ ‌once‌ ‌they‌ ‌reach‌ 
    proficiency.‌ ‌Students‌ ‌must‌ ‌reach‌ ‌a‌ ‌level‌ ‌of‌ ‌academic‌ ‌English‌ ‌Language‌ ‌proficiency.‌ ‌By‌ 
    doing‌ ‌so,‌ ‌it‌ ‌allows‌ ‌students‌ ‌to‌ ‌be‌ ‌successful‌ ‌and‌ ‌comparable‌ ‌to‌ ‌their‌ ‌peers.‌ ‌Once‌ ‌a‌ 
    student‌ ‌exits‌ ‌the‌ ‌ESOL‌ ‌program,‌ ‌they‌ ‌are‌ ‌closely‌ ‌monitored‌ ‌for‌ ‌academic‌ ‌regression‌ 
    for‌ ‌four‌ ‌years.‌ ‌The‌ ‌first‌ ‌two‌ ‌years‌ ‌of‌ ‌monitoring‌ ‌are‌ ‌intense‌ ‌with‌ ‌quarterly‌ ‌meetings‌ ‌that‌ 
    include‌ ‌homeroom‌ ‌teachers‌ ‌to‌ ‌document‌ ‌progress‌ ‌and‌ ‌the‌ ‌last‌ ‌two‌ ‌years‌ ‌students‌ ‌are‌ 
    not‌ ‌documented‌ ‌quarterly‌ ‌check-ins.‌ 
     
    ‌‌Dual‌ ‌Language‌ ‌Immersion‌  
     
    The‌ ‌APS‌ ‌Dual‌ ‌Language‌ ‌Immersion‌ ‌(DLI)‌ ‌Program‌ ‌is‌ ‌a‌ ‌two‌ ‌teacher,‌ ‌50/50‌ ‌model‌ ‌in‌ 
    which‌ ‌students‌ ‌spend‌ ‌half‌ ‌of‌ ‌the‌ ‌day‌ ‌learning‌ ‌in‌ ‌English‌ ‌and‌ ‌the‌ ‌other‌ ‌half‌ ‌of‌ ‌the‌ ‌day‌ 
    learning‌ ‌in‌ ‌Spanish.‌ ‌Benteen‌ ‌Elementary’s‌ ‌location‌ ‌helps‌ ‌to‌ ‌make‌ ‌it‌ ‌an‌ ‌ideal‌ ‌school‌ ‌for‌ 
     
    DLI.‌ ‌The‌ ‌DLI‌ ‌program‌ ‌is‌ ‌designed‌ ‌to‌ ‌use‌ ‌the‌ ‌language‌ ‌strengths‌ ‌of‌ ‌two‌ ‌teachers‌ ‌to‌ ‌the‌ 
     
    co-teach‌ ‌curriculum‌ ‌in‌ ‌their‌ ‌target‌ ‌languages.‌ ‌Parents‌ ‌may‌ ‌opt‌ ‌to‌ ‌not‌ ‌have‌ ‌their‌ ‌child‌ 
    included‌ ‌in‌ ‌the‌ ‌Dual‌ ‌Language‌ ‌Immersion‌ ‌program.‌ ‌Students‌ ‌not‌ ‌in‌ ‌the‌ ‌program‌ ‌will‌ ‌be‌ 
    able‌ ‌to‌ ‌attend‌ ‌a‌ ‌traditional‌ ‌classroom‌ ‌for‌ ‌their‌ ‌given‌ ‌grade.‌ ‌The‌ ‌program‌ ‌moves‌ ‌up‌ ‌one‌ 
    grade-level‌ ‌each‌ ‌year.‌ ‌The‌ ‌last‌ ‌year‌ ‌that‌ ‌students‌ ‌can‌ ‌enter‌ ‌into‌ ‌DLI‌ ‌is‌ ‌first‌ ‌grade.‌ 
     
    Frederick‌ ‌W.‌ ‌Benteen‌ ‌Elementary‌ ‌Assessment‌ ‌Policy‌Updated‌ ‌Spring‌ ‌2020‌ 
     
     
     
    Benteen‌ ‌Elementary‌ ‌Language‌ ‌Policy‌ ‌2019‌ ‌-‌ ‌2020‌  
     
    Students‌ ‌will‌ ‌not‌ ‌be‌ ‌prohibited‌ ‌to‌ ‌enter‌ ‌into‌ ‌the‌ ‌program‌ ‌after‌ ‌1st‌ ‌grade.‌ ‌Further,‌ 
    students‌ ‌not‌ ‌in‌ ‌the‌ ‌Dual‌ ‌Language‌ ‌Immersion‌ ‌will‌ ‌still‌ ‌receive‌ ‌45‌ ‌minutes‌ ‌of‌ ‌Spanish‌ 
    instruction‌ ‌weekly‌ ‌and‌ ‌still‌ ‌adhere‌ ‌to‌ ‌the‌ ‌Atlanta‌ ‌Public‌ ‌Schools‌ ‌standards‌ ‌of‌ ‌service.‌  
     
    The‌ ‌Dual‌ ‌Language‌ ‌Immersion‌ ‌Program‌ ‌provides‌ ‌both‌ ‌native‌ ‌English‌ ‌speakers‌ ‌and‌ 
    English‌ ‌learners‌ ‌with‌ ‌general‌ ‌academic‌ ‌instruction‌ ‌in‌ ‌two‌ ‌languages‌ ‌starting‌ ‌with‌ 
     
    Kindergarten.‌ ‌(‌https://www.rand.org/pubs/research_briefs/RB9903.html‌‌ ‌It‌ ‌is‌ ‌widely‌ 
    understood‌ ‌that‌ ‌children‌ ‌learn‌ ‌a‌ ‌second‌ ‌language‌ ‌quicker‌ ‌than‌ ‌adults‌ ‌and‌ ‌develop‌ ‌a‌ 
    better‌ ‌understanding‌ ‌of‌ ‌the‌ ‌native‌ ‌language‌ ‌in‌ ‌the‌ ‌process.‌ ‌Moreover,‌ ‌bilingual‌ ‌students‌ 
    show‌ ‌more‌ ‌critical‌ ‌thinking‌ ‌skills‌ ‌than‌ ‌their‌ ‌peers.‌  
     
    Dual‌ ‌Language‌ ‌Immersion‌ ‌will‌ ‌grow‌ ‌a‌ ‌grade‌ ‌by‌ ‌grade‌ ‌level‌ ‌every‌ ‌year‌ ‌until‌ ‌students‌ 
    have‌ ‌successfully‌ ‌matriculated‌ ‌through‌ ‌5th‌ ‌grade.‌ ‌If‌ ‌students‌ ‌are‌ ‌able‌ ‌to‌ ‌stay‌ ‌within‌ 
    Dual‌ ‌Language‌ ‌Immersion‌ ‌throughout‌ ‌out‌ ‌High‌ ‌school‌ ‌they‌ ‌will‌ ‌be‌ ‌able‌ ‌to‌ ‌obtain‌ ‌a‌ 
    Biliteracy‌ ‌seal‌ ‌in‌ ‌the‌ ‌state‌ ‌of‌ ‌GA.‌  
     
    Students‌ ‌who‌ ‌are‌ ‌not‌ ‌in‌ ‌Dual‌ ‌Language‌ ‌Immersion‌ ‌but‌ ‌in‌ ‌the‌ ‌same‌ ‌grade‌ ‌as‌ ‌the‌ 
    program‌ ‌will‌ ‌receive‌ ‌45‌ ‌minutes‌ ‌of‌ ‌Spanish‌ ‌instruction‌ ‌a‌ ‌week.‌ ‌Some‌ ‌grade‌ ‌levels‌ ‌will‌ 
    receive‌ ‌90‌ ‌minutes‌ ‌of‌ ‌Spanish‌ ‌per‌ ‌week.‌  
     
    Media‌ ‌Center‌  
     
    Benteen‌ ‌Elementary‌ ‌uses‌ ‌the‌ ‌media‌ ‌center‌ ‌to‌ ‌provide‌ ‌resources‌ ‌for‌ ‌literacy‌ ‌including‌ ‌a‌ 
    growing‌ ‌collection‌ ‌of‌ ‌multicultural‌ ‌and‌ ‌multilingual‌ ‌texts,‌ ‌online‌ ‌resources,‌ ‌and‌ ‌computer‌ 
    usage‌ ‌both‌ ‌for‌ ‌individual‌ ‌and‌ ‌group‌ ‌research.‌ ‌Moreover,‌ ‌teachers‌ ‌have‌ ‌made‌ ‌it‌ ‌a‌ 
    priority‌ ‌to‌ ‌utilize‌ ‌the‌ ‌library‌ ‌media‌ ‌center‌ ‌in‌ ‌each‌ ‌one‌ ‌of‌ ‌their‌ ‌planners.‌ ‌Further,‌ ‌classes‌ 
    are‌ ‌able‌ ‌to‌ ‌attend‌ ‌mini-lessons‌ ‌in‌ ‌the‌ ‌media‌ ‌center‌ ‌provided‌ ‌by‌ ‌the‌ ‌Library‌ ‌Media‌ 
    Specialist‌ ‌that‌ ‌covers‌ ‌a‌ ‌wide‌ ‌variety‌ ‌of‌ ‌topics‌ ‌that‌ ‌include‌ ‌but‌ ‌are‌ ‌not‌ ‌limited‌ ‌to‌ ‌language‌ 
    development,‌ ‌writing,‌ ‌reading,‌ ‌science,‌ ‌and‌ ‌social‌ ‌studies.‌  
     
    Additional‌ ‌Support‌ 
     
    Throughout‌ ‌the‌ ‌2018‌ ‌-‌ ‌2019,‌ ‌the‌ ‌principal,‌ ‌Dr.‌ ‌Andrew‌ ‌Lovett‌ ‌was‌ ‌selected‌ ‌as‌ ‌a‌ ‌‘Teach‌ 
    on‌ ‌Project’‌ ‌recipient.‌ ‌With‌ ‌winning‌ ‌this‌ ‌award,‌ ‌Dr.‌ ‌Lovett‌ ‌was‌ ‌able‌ ‌to‌ ‌create‌ ‌a‌ ‌custom‌ 
    project‌ ‌that‌ ‌he‌ ‌believed‌ ‌will‌ ‌help‌ ‌his‌ ‌school‌ ‌benefit.‌ ‌Dr.‌ ‌Lovett’s‌ ‌project‌ ‌was‌ ‌coined‌ 
    “Building‌ ‌Brilliant‌ ‌Biliterate”‌ ‌readers.‌ ‌He‌ ‌received‌ ‌funds‌ ‌for‌ ‌the‌ ‌school‌ ‌where‌ ‌he‌ ‌was‌ 
    allowed‌ ‌to‌ ‌purchase‌ ‌books‌ ‌both‌ ‌in‌ ‌English‌ ‌and‌ ‌Spanish.‌ ‌These‌ ‌books‌ ‌will‌ ‌allow‌ 
    volunteers‌ ‌to‌ ‌come‌ ‌into‌ ‌the‌ ‌school‌ ‌and‌ ‌read‌ ‌to‌ ‌each‌ ‌class‌ ‌in‌ ‌Spanish.‌ ‌The‌ ‌project‌ ‌is‌ 
    significant‌ ‌in‌ ‌several‌ ‌ways.‌ ‌One‌ ‌of‌ ‌the‌ ‌major‌ ‌aims‌ ‌of‌ ‌the‌ ‌project‌ ‌is‌ ‌to‌ ‌help‌ ‌Hispanic‌ 
    students‌ ‌build‌ ‌more‌ ‌self-confidence‌ ‌by‌ ‌seeing‌ ‌more‌ ‌parents‌ ‌read‌ ‌and‌ ‌volunteer‌ ‌within‌ 
    the‌ ‌school.‌ ‌Dr.‌ ‌Lovett‌ ‌implemented‌ ‌the‌ ‌program‌ ‌during‌ ‌the‌ ‌2019‌ ‌-2020‌ ‌school‌ ‌year‌ ‌and‌ 
    looks‌ ‌to‌ ‌continue‌ ‌to‌ ‌build‌ ‌upon‌ ‌the‌ ‌program‌ ‌throughout‌ ‌his‌ ‌tenure‌ ‌at‌ ‌Benteen‌ 
    Elementary.‌  
     
    Frederick‌ ‌W.‌ ‌Benteen‌ ‌Elementary‌ ‌Assessment‌ ‌Policy‌Updated‌ ‌Spring‌ ‌2020‌