English Language Learner
Approximately 1 in 5 people ages 5 and up in the United States speak another language other than English at home. (U.S. Census, 2010). As Iowa becomes more diverse in the languages and cultures that are present in our state, programs such as Grinnell-Newburg Community School District's English Language Learners Program providing services to the English Language Learners in our community will continue to grow.
The goals of Grinnell's ELL program are:
- To help ELL learners have equal access to the same quality curriculum as all students regardless of primary language.
- To foster and value the school environment as well as the home environment as arenas of constant learning and growth for ELL students and promote family and community involvement in the learning process.
- To encourage pride in students’ cultural and linguistic identities, preserve and value cultural heritage, and prepare students to actively participate and share their diversity within American society.
Our ELL program works to meet the needs of our community's growing ELL population. ELL coordinator and teacher, Carlos Gallegos, works to support students and their families, while challenging the district's ELL students to improve upon their English reading, writing, listening and speaking skills. Mr. Gallegos brings over 25 years of experience as an ELL teacher to this position. Prior to coming to Iowa, he taught in various communities in Southern California. Mr. Gallegos not only has experience as an ELL Teacher, but also as a learner having learned English beginning at age 15 through an English Language Learner program. He holds a BA in Liberal Arts and Spanish from California State University, San Bernardino and a Master’s Degree in Education from Chapman University. Mr. Gallegos works to provide safe and supportive environments for all his students as they adjust to new school environments and new ways of learning and thinking.