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Academy Holds Its First Family Math Night for K-2 ELL Students PDF Print E-mail

A regular education focus this year for the Academy for Early Academic Preparation's K-2 and Grade 1 ELL students is the development of math skills. On February 11  we held the first of two Family Math Nights for K-2 ELL students and their parents. The next K-2 Family Math Night is April 29. Family Math Nights for Gade 1 ELL students and parents will be on March 11 and May 20.

These supplementary winter/spring math sessions have activity centers for parents and students. The skills covered in the winter/spring sessions targeting ELL language development are: word problems, time measurement, chants, math songs and the language of counting and money. ELL parents are provided with special assistance and take home materials to help reduce performance gaps in Math. Through these Math evening sessions, ELL enrichment activities create a vocabulary-rich learning environment and reinforce academic skills and language development. The program is aligned to both WIDA and Common Core standards and coordinated by ESL-certified teachers and the Academy for Early Academic Preparation's Head of School.

Prior to these Family Math Nights, ELL teachers offer professional development sessions for regular education teachers on Sheltered English Immersion (SEI) techniques. As part of the Math center rotations, an ELL teacher is matched as a mentor with regular education teachers for an inclusive effort to support math language skills which allows for student achievement in both Math and language. 


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