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School Psychologists Supporting "Spanish-Speaking English Learners"

School psychologists are in the unique position to provide academic and social-emotional-behavioral prevention and intervention services for preK-12 students, their teachers, and families.

Through consultation, they can support and enhance teachers’ effectiveness in teaching SS-ELs, including the use of data-based decision-making.

 

Cultural-Linguistic Advocates for Spanish-Speaking English-Learners

Trainee and children look at iPadThe Cultural-Linguistic Advocates for Spanish-Speaking English-Learners (CLASS-EL) Project was proposed in response to the exponential growth in the numbers of Spanish-speaking students in Southern California.

 

For example, the majority of children now entering kindergarten in San Diego speak Spanish at home.

The preparation of Spanish-speaking educators lags far behind.

 

CLASS-EL seeks to:

  • Recruit and prepare Spanish-speaking school psychologists who have the bilingual education knowledge, skills, and abilities (BEKSA) to serve as advocates and consultants for Spanish-Speaking English-Learners (SS-ELs)
  • Improve the Spanish skills and cultural competencies of those pre-service school psychologists and of pre-service bilingual teachers and special educators

Our central goal is to improve instruction and services for Spanish-Speaking English-Learners (SS-ELs) while helping educational personnel to meet high professional standards.


 

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CLASS EL is funded by a federal grant from the U.S. Office of English Language Acquisition.

3-Part Program

The basic structure of CLASS EL is 3-pronged, with an ongoing academic year of:

  1. Seminar (The basic seminar structure is augmented with a variety of professional development opportunities and requirements.)
  2. Weekly fieldwork at Rosa Parks Elementary within the San Diego Unified School District
  3. A month-long summer immersion in Mexico

The overarching purposes of the project are to improve instruction and services for SS-ELs while assisting educational personnel to meet high professional standards.

CLASS EL = Cultural-Linguistic Advocates for Spanish-Speaking English-Learners

SS-ELs = "Spanish-Speaking English Learners"

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