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Cameron Elementary Primary Years Programme Policies

Language Policy

Language Philosophy

At Cameron Elementary School, we believe that language reflects the beliefs, values, and ideas of those who use it.  Through language, our students acquire knowledge and develop their ability to think critically, as well as, develop social skills and peer relationships.  We believe that all teachers are teachers of language instruction, facilitating a language program that is transdisciplinary in nature and supportive of all students.

Language Instruction Practices

 

To facilitate language instruction, our teachers…

  • Provide explicit phonics and phonemic awareness instruction, including blending and segmentation practice

  • Provide students with opportunities for oral language development through discussion, presentation, recitations, read alouds, and choral reading

  • Are dedicated to helping students become fluent readers at all grade levels through fluency instruction and practice

  • Provide students opportunities to make connections as they write across the curriculum

  • Use Thinking Maps and Write From the Beginning and Beyond to support students writing and reading skills

  • Incorporate technology as a means to increasing literacy

  • Use strategies including Guided Reading, Mix-Pair-Share, literature circles

  • Teach academic vocabulary

  • Provide varied opportunities for writing, including focused journal writing, personal response, and writing with a transdisciplinary approach

  • Use visual aids and manipulatives to support comprehension and language development

  • Provide reading support and intervention to K-3 students through the district-wide implementation of the the K-3 Reading Initiative

Mother Tongue Support

The student body of Cameron Elementary consists of 495 students and  is represented by approximately 75% Hispanic or Latino students.  The remaining 25% is comprised of white, African American, Filipino, Asian, American Indian, or Pacific Islander origin.  Approximately 11% of our student population are English learners, the majority of whom speak Spanish as their first language.  Other first languages include Mandarin, Cantonese, and Tagalog.



 

At Cameron School, we provide support for the mother tongue by:

  • Providing 30 minutes of ELD instruction to our EL students

  • Provide bilingual aide support to our Beginning and Early Intermediate EL students

  • Encouraging students and to speak their mother tongue language at school

  • Encouraging parents to speak speak their mother tongue language at school

  • Providing translators at parent conferences and workshops

  • Increasing the number of books available in our library that are written in the mother tongues of our students

  • Using SDAIE strategies and realia

  • Using visual aides and labels in the classroom

  • Sending home written communication in English and Spanish

  • Using Path to Proficiency as scaffolding tool for writing

  • Use of Rosetta Stone

  • Modeling and repetition

 

Learning a Second Language

At Cameron Elementary School second language instruction in Spanish is provided to all students in kindergarten through grade 5.  Students currently receive instruction for 45 minutes twice per week.  Through instruction, students will learn basic communication skills in Spanish.

 

At Cameron, we provide support for learning a second language through the use of:

  • Oral language practice

  • Labels and word walls

  • Music

  • Role playing

  • Use of technology and visual aids

  • Connections World Language teacher instruction and grade level units of inquiry

Professional Development for Staff and Faculty

The staff and faculty of Cameron Elementary participate in on-going professional development that supports language learning and teaching. In addition, the teaching staff hold BCLAD or CLAD Certification, or EL and SDAIE Authorization to support the language development of the students.

 

Professional development for staff and faculty includes, but is not limited to:

  • IB Primary Years Programme Level I, II and III training

  • Thinking Maps

  • Write From the Beginning and Beyond

  • Capturing Kids Hearts

  • Judy Keeney-building reasoning, critical thinking and expression through math

  • K-3 Reading Initiative

  • Ongoing PD to support PYP practices and philosophy provided by PYP coordinator

  • Bi-weekly grade level collaboration for planning and reflecting on units of inquiry

Review of Assessment Policy and Practices

At Cameron School, language is assessed for different purposes using varied strategies and tools, as stated in our Assessment Policy.  Assessment tools include, but are not limited to:

  • Rubrics

  • Benchmarks

  • Anecdotal records

  • Portfolios

  • My Access

  • Accelerated Reader

  • Student work/writing samples

  • Illuminate

  • Lexia

  • SIPPS

  • DIBELS

  • CAASPP

  • CELDT

  • Oral presentations

 

 

 

References

  • Guidelines for Developing a School Language Policy; IBO (2009)

  • Learning in a language other than mother tongue in IB programmes; IBO (2009)