Welcome to Multilingual Learning

SPPS multilingual programs strive to ensure equity and equal access to grade-level curriculum and standards in order to ensure all students are able to reach their highest potential. Our students bring a wealth of knowledge of languages, cultures, views of the world and ways of learning to our schools. 

The Learning for English Academic Proficiency and Success (LEAPS) Act: Ensuring Faithful and Timely Implementation

This brief was written by Conor P. Williams, Ph.D., and Colleen Gross Ebinger. It incorporates the considerable expertise, advice and insight of over 40 local leaders and practitioners, whose contributions are acknowledged at the conclusion of this document. 

The LEAPS Act: An Overview  - This report was commissioned by the McKnight Foundation

During the 2014 legislative session, lawmakers passed the nation’s most comprehensive legislation in support of English Learners (ELs). The law has three principal goals for all EL students: a) academic English proficiency, b) grade-level content knowledge, and c) multilingual skills development. Chief among the mandates is the requirement that all teachers be skilled in teaching ELs. Delivering these goals will require action at every level of the educational system: state agencies and the Board of Teaching, teacher preparation programs at institutions of higher education, school districts and charter schools, and classroom teachers and school staff.


English Language Learner Programs

The SPPS Office of Multilingual Learning offers English language development to qualifying students in a multi-tiered manner. 

Indigenous and World Languages

"World Language education prepares students to communicate in a language other than English and to become global citizens. World Language study improves cognitive abilities and positively influences achievement in other disciplines." (Stewart, 2005)

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