Review Agenda Item
Meeting Date: 5/10/2023 - 7:00 PM
Category: Action Items
Type: Action
Subject: Approval to Post Instructional Materials for Multilingual Learners
Vision 2026:
Academic Excellence Strategies 1
Implement learning acceleration strategies and programming.
Background A committee was formed during the 2021-22 school year that engaged in professional learning to inform and develop an instructional vision for multilingual learners that are first-time learners in a U.S. school (newcomers). The committee comprised multilingual specialists representing elementary, middle, and high schools. The committee participated in a book study to create an instructional vision on how to best support newcomers in developing content and English language skills. The committee identified the challenges of creating their own materials to support newcomers and recommended adopting a district-wide curriculum incorporating a scope and sequence for language learning aligned to the WIDA English Language Development standards.

In response, the committee began researching curricular options for newcomers. The committee reviewed and evaluated five curricular materials to support English language development and unanimously recommended that the district adopt Vista Higher Learning: Get Ready Sail & Soar to support newcomers in grades one through twelve.
File Attachment:
Multilingual Instructional Materials.pdf
ML Instructional Materials 5.10.23.pdf
Summary: The committee selected Vista Higher Learning: Get Ready Sail, Get Ready Soar, Get Ready Middle School, and Get Ready High School curriculum to guide instruction for newcomer students.

On Wednesday evening, the administration will share information about the materials. The materials will be on display at the School Service Center. All community members that provide feedback will receive a phone call from a member of the Educational Services Department, and the feedback will be shared with the Board of Education
Funding: The total cost is $23,550.30 for a six year purchase. Student workbooks are included in the initial purchase and will be budgeted yearly. Funding has been allocated in the FY23 Immigrant Student Education Program Grant.
Board Policy 6:210 Instructional Materials
Recommendation: It is recommended the Board approve the posting of the multilingual instructional materials for community review.
Recommended By:
Signed By:
Melissa Murphy - Asst Superintendent
Signed By:
Jeff Schuler - Superintendent
Vote Results:

Original Motion
Member Dave Long Moved, Member Angela Blatner seconded to approve the Original motion 'It is recommended the Board approve the posting of the multilingual instructional materials for community review.'. Upon a Roll-Call Vote being taken, the vote was: Aye: 7 Nay: 0.
The motion Carried 7 - 0
Brad Paulsen     Yes
Rob Hanlon     Yes
Dave Long     Yes
Angela Blatner     Yes
Julie Kulovits     Yes
Erik Hjerpe     Yes
John Rutledge     Yes