Programs for English Learners
All six schools in District 109 have TPI programs. The District uses a pullout model for instruction that is delivered entirely in English. In addition to direct instruction, the TPI teacher provides resources and support to general and special education teachers. The TPI programs are:
- Preschool TPI is for students who are enrolled in the Early Learners program who meet the entrance criteria. Instruction in oral development, listening and literacy are based on student assessment and classroom performance.
- Elementary School TPI is for students in grades K-5 who meet the entrance criteria. The TPI teacher provides oral development, literacy and content-area instruction based upon student assessment and classroom performance. Student contact hours depend upon the results of the assessment and the needs of the student.
- Middle School TPI is for students in grades 6-8 who meet the entrance criteria. Students receive TPI instruction based on their assessment and classroom performance. The TPI teacher uses a sheltered English approach to support academic learning. The TPI teacher is a part of the grade level team who facilitates the development of an instructional plan, recommends second language acquisition techniques and assists with the student’s transition to English fluency. The teacher also monitors students and their annual development of English language skills.