How will this be accomplished?
Driving Possibilities Strategies – YEAR 1
The success of the first year of programs will help the team optimize and seek other partners for collaboration that align over the course of the initiative.
FOCUS AREA 1: LANGUAGE BARRIERS
Problem: English Language (EL) needs are growing beyond school capacity which limits access to learning.
Current condition: English language learning students gap in proficiency rates in reading, math, and science across grade levels in both districts.
✓ Due to the rapid growth of non-English speaking students enrolling in both Kentucky school districts (~13% in one year), the school system is struggling to meet student and family needs.
✓ Lack of English language learner resources, interpretation services, and translation tools prohibit students and families from fully participating in school and out-of-school learning opportunities.
✓ Often, teenagers who enter as non-English speakers have had limited education throughout their lives; they face language barriers but also must learn educational practices and expectations, often without support from family members due to language barriers.
PROGRAMS ADDRESSING LANGUAGE BARRIERS – Year 1
PROGRAM: Commonwealth Institute for Parent Leadership (CIPL)
Funding Partner: The Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence
Fayette Prioritized Schools: English learners within Bryan Station High School, Winburn Middle, Russell Cave Elementary, Mary Todd Elementary, Arlington Elementary, Northern Elementary
• Prichard will facilitate the development of leadership and self-efficacy skills in English learner parents through the implementation of the Commonwealth Institute Parent Leadership (CIPL).
• Support families in developing deeper partnerships with their schools as they engage in practices that promote improved student learning and school practices.
• Create English learner leaders in the community and help parents develop deeper understanding of school structure.
PROGRAM: Family Literacy Model (prioritize elementary families plus refugee families) + Language Justice Services (community within district feeder pattern)
Funding Partner(s): National Center for Families Learning (NCFL)
Fayette Prioritized Schools: Bryan Station High School, Winburn Middle, Russell Cave Elementary, Mary Todd Elementary, Arlington Elementary, Northern Elementary
• NCFL will coordinate and train the family literacy program and lead language justice professional learning and resource implementation with support from partners.
• Family Literacy Model
• Focuses on the needs of EL families to reduce language barriers.
• Four components within the model: adult education, parenting skills, parent and child together time, children’s education
• Language Justice Services
• Focus services on educators and industry partners to implement in equitable manner to meet needs in community by coordinating language justice services and resources throughout the school system (Elementary-HS and industry partners).
PROGRAM: Expansion of Fayette County Public Schools interpretation services
Funding Partner(s): The Fayette Education Foundation
Prioritized Schools: Bryan Station High School, Winburn Middle, Russell Cave Elementary, Mary Todd Elementary, Arlington Elementary, Northern Elementary
• Use of interpretation devices and Lexmark translation equipment
• Language ambassadors serve as interpreters for the ten highest need languages in the district.