English Language Learners (ELL)

ELL Contacts

Dawn Brastad
Elementary ELL Specialist
425-837-7160
BrastadD@issaquah.wednet.edu

Jill Klune
Secondary ELL Specialist
425-837-7093
KluneJ@issaquah.wednet.edu 

Dawn Wallace
Director of Teaching and Learning
425-837-7043
WallaceD@issaquah.wednet.edu

ELL Program Brochures

Elementary ELL Program
Secondary ELL Program

Philosophy/Vision

A teacher sits at a table with young students, who write with pencils in notebooks

ISD multilingual students will access grade level instruction in an inclusive, culturally and linguistically-responsive learning environment as they develop their language proficiency.

The Issaquah School District uses an acceleration model that empowers multilingual students to develop the social and academic English language proficiency that they will need to be successful in content-area instruction throughout their day. Language and skill development is accelerated, so students can meet high standards in ALL academic areas. 

The WIDA English Language Development Standards Framework provides learning targets for teachers as they help the ELL students learn English.

More than 1,200 students receive English Language Development services in the Issaquah School District. These students represent over 75 different cultures and language groups. The most common are Spanish, Chinese-Mandarin, Russian, and Korean.

 

General Information/FAQ's

How do students qualify for ELL services?

Students must meet eligibility requirements to qualify for English Language Development services. Eligibility for English Language Development services is determined by the WIDA Screener. The WIDA screener assesses students in four areas listening, speaking, writing and reading. You will receive a letter reporting the results of this test

To learn more about the WIDA screener for Kindergarten, click here.

To learn more about the WIDA screener for Grades 1-12, click here.

For more information about the Washington State Multilingual Education Program, please click here.

How often will students be tested?

All ELL students will take the annual ELL assessment each February or March. Scores are sent home from the district office after testing results are received from OSPI.

If they qualify for ELL services, what kind of help will they receive?

Students will not be removed from their classroom or change schools. They will receive services in their school.

Elementary ELL model:

A smiling student looks at a hardcover picture book with Korean writing on the coverThe “Supportive Mainstream" model is used in our elementary schools. In this model, students spend their day in a regular classroom. Many of the classroom and ELL teachers are trained in Project GLAD (Guided Language Acquisition Design). As the basis for service, ELL certificated teachers and paraprofessionals push into the classroom to help students develop academic language, and/or provide other interventions as needed, to be successful in their class. 

Middle School ELL model:

The “Supportive Mainstream" model is used in our elementary schools. In this model, students spend their day in a regular classroom. Many of the classroom and ELL teachers are trained in Project GLAD (Guided Language Acquisition Design). As the basis for service, ELL certificated teachers and paraprofessionals push into the classroom to help students develop academic language, and/or provide other interventions as needed, to be successful in their class. 

High School ELL model:

In the high school ELL program, a certificated teacher teaches an English Language Development class for ELL students. This class works to build student proficiency in academic language helping students access the core curriculum throughout the rest of their day. These classes focus on oral language development, explicit instruction in the structure of the English language, and academic language development through reading, writing, speaking, and listening. They may also support the student in their core classroom work. Some high schools also provide after-school support so that students can receive extra help with academics and language learning.

How can I request an interpreter?

You may request an interpreter to help you communicate either over the phone or during face-to-face conferences. The interpreter can be requested by a parent or by an ISD staff member. If you are a staff member, please talk to your school office professional about the procedure. If you are a parent, please let your child's teacher know if you would like to use an interpreter, and she or he will make arrangements. 


picture of ELL students working on project together

Resources

Issaquah School District resources for families. Be sure to also check your school’s ELL webpage for more suggested resources. 

  • Cultural and Family Partnerships website
  • 中译文文件 (Chinese Documents)
  • 한국어로 번역된 문서 (Korean Documents)
  • Documentos en Español (Spanish Documents)
  • English Documents
  • Lunch Item Picture Chart
  • Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction Bilingual Education Program
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    ESL classes for adults

    ESL on the Plateau (jubilee REACH)

    Due to the COVID-19 virus, our ELL classes are meeting online. Email gjones@spconline.org to get connected. New students are welcome to join at any time! We have 3 levels of English and a more advanced conversational class called Talk Time. Online learning can be accessed by phone, tablet or computer. Classes are Mondays and Thursdays 9:30-11:00. Classes are free. We are here to help with English and to help with making friends and having community.