English Language Learners and Supplemental Support Services
Manager of English Language Learners and Supplemental Support Services
Bertha Elena Rojas, Psy.D.; M.Ed.
20 Irving Street
Worcester, MA 01609
The procedures for servicing English Language Learners in Worcester Public Schools include: identification of students who qualify for English Language Learner services, offering parents/guardians a choice of programs, monitoring and assessment of English Language Learners, and the transition of English Language Learners into mainstream classrooms.
Once a child is identified as an English Language Learner (ELL), the staff at the Parent Information Center or the Office of English Language Learners, recommends programs for which the child qualifies and describes the programs to the parent or guardian, and a list of the area schools that provide those programs. The parent or guardian is then able to choose from the available programs. The parent or guardian may also choose to opt out of all ELL services—then the child will receive no help with learning English.
- ESL means English as a Second Language
- ELL(s) refers to English Language Learners
Dual Language Program
The Dual Language Program is a rigorous and exciting program for primary grade students. The program helps children to develop fluency and literacy skills in English and Spanish while learning academic content. Teachers work together to teach students in both languages, 50% of the instruction takes place in English and the other 50% in Spanish.
For more information contact the ELL Welcome Center at PIC, 508-799-3198 or the Office of English Language Learners, 508-799-3623.