Basic Skills and Remedial Instruction
Children at all levels can experience skill deficiencies in language arts and mathematics. Such needs are generally identified through multiple measures, such as district and state-wide testing, and classroom performance. Children in Grades 1-5, who have identified academic needs and thereby meet designated criteria, are eligible for academic support through basic skills instruction. Specialized teachers in each school are responsible for the academic intervention needed by students identified to receive such support. Students’ needs are regularly monitored, with instructional activities designed to meet those needs identified. All instructional activities within the basic skills programs are supplementary to classroom instruction provided by the general education or core content teacher. Pupil progress is regularly assessed throughout the program, and reported to parents. Close collaboration between the classroom, and core content teacher is essential to providing the optimum level of academic support for the student.
English Language Learners (English as a Second Language)
"(Language) acquisition requires meaningful interaction in the target languagenatural communicationin which speakers are concerned, not with the form of their utterances, but with the messages they are conveying and understanding."
Dr. Stephen Krashen,
Professor Emeritus at the University of Southern California
Department of Education, Learning and Instruction
The Mission of the ESL program in Howell Township is to provide English instruction and support for English language learners. Our ESL program, located in Ardena Elementary School and Howell Middle School North, provides a supportive school environment that reinforces and encourages students’ pride in culture, home, and community, in order to encourage student success. Our Teachers of English as a Second Language provide students with systematic instruction, in a content-rich, high standards curriculum. The curriculum is aligned with the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts, the WIDA English Language Proficiency Standards, and the Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Goals.
Literacy and Mathematics Labs
At the middle school level, students participate in an array of cycle offerings, commonly referred to as electives. Among the cycle offerings available are the Literacy and Mathematics Labs. Students may opt in to the Lab courses when they choose elective classes, but may also be enrolled in Lab courses based on demonstrated academic need in a particular content area. The Literacy and Mathematics Labs are not graded courses. The Lab courses follow the cycle (elective) schedule. Each student enrolled in a Lab course works towards individual learning goals, which are developed by the instructor and the student. The learning goals are aimed at helping students attain the level of College and Career Readiness that is necessary for them to be successful later in their education, in their careers, and throughout their lives. Upon achieving individual learning goals, students exit the lab at the conclusion of the current cycle, and begin their next cycle course. Students seeking enrichment in the content areas may choose Literacy or Mathematics Lab as an elective option. Enrichment sections of Lab courses will be provided to students requesting the course for enrichment based on scheduling availability. While program materials vary based on the goals and needs of the individual student, program materials and instruction is aligned with the Common Core State Standards for English-Language Arts and Mathematics.
Transitional First Grade
The Transitional First Grade program provides instruction for children who may not be socially or developmentally ready to realize the full benefit from the typical first grade experience, following their Kindergarten year. Learning activities are planned with a great deal of emphasis on individual student development, with instruction continuously modified to meet the learning, developmental, and social needs of each child. The district’s Transitional First Grade Program is at Adelphia School. Typically, students who complete this program return to a first grade classroom in their neighborhood schools.