English Learners

Helping EL Students Become Proficient

Over 1,000 students in our district speak a primary language other than English. Many of them are immigrants from 47 different countries. Overall, 56 languages other than English are spoken in 26% of our students' homes. Spanish, Hmong, and Karen are most prevalent. In 2013-14, Roseville Area Schools served 1,234 students in its English Learner (EL) program.

As a result, the district offers a variety of services to students who need help in learning and becoming fluent in English. Teachers licensed in English as a Second Language and specially trained teacher assistants offer key aid. They collaborate closely with classroom teachers.

Services include:

  • Evaluations
  • Direct instruction in small groups
  • Consultation with other teachers
  • Alternative testing
  • Monitoring of progress

All EL students receive the greatest part of their instruction in general education classrooms. However, the district's English Language program incorporates a variety of instructional models, depending on the student's need, including

  • Classroom teacher accommodations
  • Collaboration with EL teachers
  • Pull-out classes with the EL teachers
  • Sheltered content classes
  • Intensive newcomer instruction

The district also offers a dual-language immersion program in English-Spanish at the elementary level.

Cultural Liaisons Help Translate and Interpret Information

The district's cultural liaisons are fluent in English and either Spanish, Hmong, or Karen. Working closely with students, families, and staff daily, they interpret and translate discussions and information as needed. Some of their services include going with families to new enrollment registration, early childhood screenings, special education assessments, and parent-teacher conferences.

Go to Cultural Liaisons for more information on their services.

District Plan Aligns with State's EL Recommendations

Providing programs that meet the needs of our culturally and linguistically diverse students is our main objective. As a result, we're putting systems and procedures in place that align with the Minnesota Department of Education's recommendations for effective English-learner programs.  A copy of the District 623's seven-step Plan for Effective English Learner Programs details our efforts.


Kristina Robertson English Language Supervisor kristina.robertson@isd623.org