English Learner Services
Woodland's English Learner (EL) program provides students whose primary language is a language other than English with the opportunity to develop proficiency in reading, writing and speaking, as well as the language of academic content.
In Minnesota, an EL student is defined as a learner who:
- First learned a language other than English, comes from a home where a language other than English is usually spoken, or does not use English as a primary language, and
- Lacks the necessary English skills to fully participate in classes taught in English.
In EL settings, students are part of an English language learning experience where students engage in content study and English learning simultaneously. This program is tailored to the individual needs of students and is aligned to grade level curriculum.
English Learner Services
Gifted and Talent Development
The Gifted and Talented (GT) Program extends educational challenges for intellectually and academically gifted students.
Gifted and talented children are those students with outstanding abilities and capable of higher performance when compared to others of similar age, experience and environment. They have significantly different educational needs from their peers and require educational differentiation as a regular part of their school day to ensure they reach their full potential. District 196 uses multiple criteria to help identify gifted and talented children.
Reading Recovery is a program that helps first-grade students learn to read at the average level of their classmates within twenty weeks.
Students are selected on the basis of assessments given by classroom teachers the summer preceding first grade. These students receive daily 30-minute individual tutoring from a teacher specially trained in Reading Recovery techniques.
Math Recovery is a program designed to help insure that all students will be successful in math.
The goal is to help students advance to the level at which they can successfully learn with their peers. Number and number relations that can seem obvious to adults may not seem so for children. Children's understanding can vary greatly from the adult's knowledge. The development of this knowledge does not come from telling, but rather through the child's personal construction of the knowledge.
Children must have personal experiences to learn and relate various forms of number. Math Recovery has its focus in the number operation and concept strand of math and its emphasis on assessment and intervention.
Topics addressed are:
- Forward Number Word Sequences
- Backward Number Word Sequences
- Numeral Identification
- Number Structures
- Addition/Subtraction Strategies
- Multiplication/Division Strategies
Second Grade Teacher/Math Recovery
School social workers are licensed mental health professionals trained to provide support and interventions to children and families proactively and in times of emotional/mental health crisis.
They do this by providing individual, small group and family support. Sessions focus on:
- Improving social, emotional and academic functioning
- Positive reinforcement
- Behavior modification
- Specific skill development
- Building trusting connections with each student and their family
- Direct consultation and linkage to appropriate community resources for families
- Help children and their families meet basic needs and overcome barriers to education