Benjamin School District 25’s Multilingual Department provides leadership, advocacy, and support to parents by promoting equitable access to language support services for students from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds who have been identified as English Learners.
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Programs currently in Benjamin25
TPI-The Transitional Program of Instruction (TPI) is a mandated program to serve students from low-incidence language backgrounds. The program provides support to help students succeed in academic subjects and learn English. The service allows students to focus on developing English and educational concepts appropriate for their ability at their language level throughout the school day. The methodology of English instruction focuses on language development through meaningful experiences.
TBE-The Transitional Bilingual Education (TBE) Program is a mandated full-time program for students of the same language background when there are 20 or more students as required by law. The program helps students to succeed in academic subjects and learn English. The program is designed to allow EL students to successfully perform at their ability level while they learn English and transition into English-only classes. Academic instruction in all required subject areas is provided in the student’s first language while they learn English. The instructional goal of the program is to meet academic achievement standards for grade promotion and to become proficient in English.
Districts must provide written notification to parents of English Learner (EL) students each year that they enroll in a TBE/TPI program in compliance with state and federal regulations. Districts must also send notification letters to parents of EL students who participate in language instruction programs no later than 30 days after the beginning of each school year.
Districts must notify parents every year in which EL students participate in a language instruction program. Identified EL students, after the start of the school year, should receive a letter within 14 days of the child being placed in a language instruction program.