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Welcome

Paterson Public Schools has over 4,000 English Language Learners.  Each day our schools receive more students. We are constantly seeking out ways to meet this growing population. Paterson Public Schools is its own melting pot for over 30 languages. If you walk through the streets of this great city you will see the signs of all these ESL Bilingualdiverse cultural communities and their linguistic fabric represented in various locations. 

    Research shows that providing students with the opportunity to learn and master subject matter in their first language will allow students to transfer knowledge into their second language. Our schools consist of unique rigorous Bilingual/ESL and World Languages programs focused in teaching our students through different dimensions of instruction. The belief that each child matters is at the heart of all of our efforts and we are dedicated to creating language programs and providing services that promote the success of all our students

Core Beliefs

To prepare students for bi-literate and bicultural success in the college / university of their choosing, so they can be successful, responsible and productive citizens in a multicultural and global society within their chosen career.

“Teaching for Tomorrow: Connecting the World through Education and Language

Goals:

  • To lead our urban youth in the Bilingual/Bi-Literate/ESL/WL programs for New Jersey.
  • Provide students with high quality language learning that will facilitate multiple linguistic and cultural competencies.
  • To enable foreign language learners the opportunity of becoming competent in speaking, reading, writing and comprehending the English language.
  • To enable students to participate effectively in the regular school programs

 

ACES

ACES is a Port of Entry classroom for over age elementary education students located in Eastside High School. The goal of the ACES programs is for students to develop linguistic and content skills in their native language while adapting to a new culture.  Simultaneously, students are acquiring English in preparation for a successful transition into high school.


word  ACES Program Referral Form

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dual Language Program

Dual Language Program Information:

  • Candidates selected in the Dual Language Program were selected based on various criteria. Students were screened in English and Spanish to determine the level of proficiency in the target language, parents were interviewed to determine their level of support and needs, and teacher recommendations were also taken into consideration.

  • This upcoming school year, parents and guardians will be required to sign a Parent Contract which stipulates that they attend a minimum of three workshops a year.

  • EWK will offer a parent orientation on Sept. 28 at 5:00 p.m. Parents will also receive additional training on how to support their students in Dual Language.

  • Dual Language learners in Pre-K, K, 1 and 2 will be progressed monitored in English and Spanish.

  • Students who fail to demonstrate academic progress, challenging behavior or attendance issues will be placed on probation. Individual cases will be reviewed by a committee comprised of the classroom teacher, supervisor, building administration and director to determine if they will remain in the program.

  • Content: 50/50 language instruction

  • The long term goal is that academic performance for both groups of students will be at or above grade level in both languages.

  • Students increase the use of foreign language among monolingual groups.

  • Students will develop a high proficiency of understanding, speaking, learning to read and write in both languages.

  • Students develop bilingualism, bi-literacy, and biculturalism to promote students who will be more competitive in a global economy.

  • Develop positive cross-cultural attitudes and behaviors.

  • Native English speakers and native Spanish speakers of the partner language are integrated for instruction 100% of the day.

  • Teachers maintained separation of languages for instruction (no translation) for a period of two weeks at a time.

  • Skills taught in each language are coordinated to maximize cross-linguistic transfer and support learning in content areas

  • Teachers use flexible grouping and differentiation to meet the needs of native speakers and language learners. 

  • EWK will also offer professional development for teachers.​ ​

The Bilingual/ESL/World languages department in the Paterson Public Schools district offers the following Language Programs in the following school locations:

TYPE:

 GRADES:

 SCHOOL LOCATION:

 CONTACT #:

I.  Dual-Language

Pre-K4 - 2

School of Choice

973-321-0895

II.  Newcomers at School 15

4 - 5

School 15

973-321-0150

III. Newcomers at NRC

6-8

NRC

973-321-0240

IV.  ACES Program  

9 - 12

Eastside High School

973-321-2489

V. Magnet Program

K - 8 

School 21

973-321-0210  

 

 

School  8

973-321-0080

 

The Dual Language program is located in Edward W. Kilpatrick School for grades Pre-K, Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade.  Candidates selected in the Dual Language Program were selected based on various criteria. Students were screened in English and Spanish to determine the level of proficiency in the target language, parents were interviewed to determine their level of support and needs, and teacher recommendations were also taken into consideration. Native English speakers and native Spanish speakers of the partner language are integrated for instruction 100% of the day skills taught in each language are coordinated to maximize cross-linguistic transfer and support learning in content areas.

The long term goal is that academic performance for both groups of students will be at or above grade level in both languages. Students increase the use of foreign language among monolingual groups. Students will develop a high proficiency of understanding, speaking, learning to read and write in both languages.

Students develop bilingualism, biliteracy, and biculturalism to promote students who will be more competitive in a global economy. Students develop positive cross-cultural attitudes and behaviors.

 

Parent commitment form

World Languages Resources

Our World Languages Department provides services and language instruction to all our students in both the ELL and General Ed. population. The programs offer instruction  in Arabic, French, Spanish and Mandarin languages.

World Languages Resources and Links

The New Jersey Department of Education State Seal of Biliteracy identifies graduating high school students who are able to demonstrate proficiency in English in addition to one or more world languages.  The State Seal of Biliteracy certifies that a high school graduate has:

  • 1. Demonstrated proficiency in English by meeting English language arts graduation requirements or attained the appropriate cut score on the ACCESS for ELLs assessment (for English Language Learners); and
  • 2. Demonstrated a linguistic proficiency level of at least Intermediate Mid according to the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages Proficiency Guidelines, or demonstrated a level deemed equivalent to Intermediate Mid for languages such as American Sign Language or Native American languages.

New Jersey Seal of Bi-literacy
http://sealofbiliteracy.org/new-jersey
http://www.state.nj.us/education/aps/cccs/wl/biliteracy/

 

Magnet Program

The Bilingual Magnet Programs at School 8 and School 21 offer native language instruction in Spanish for grades K-8 in all content areas as well as High Intensity ESL. The Magnet Program were designed in order to maximize our resources and staff for native language bilingual instruction bilingual students.
Students identified for the Magnet Program were selected based on various criteria. Students were screened to determine the level of proficiency in English, parents and teacher recommendations were also taken into consideration. The long term goal is that academic performance for both groups of students will be at or above grade level in both languages. Students will develop a high proficiency of understanding, speaking, learning to read and write in both languages. Students develop bilingualism, biliteracy, and biculturalism to promote students who will be more competitive in a global economy.

word Magnet Program Referral Form

 

 

 

Newcomers Program

The Newcomers Program is located at School 15 and New Roberto Clemente. It is in its fourth year. It is designed for recent immigrants at the elementary school level who have little or no English proficiency. It specifically targets students also have limited, interrupted, or no formal education in their native countries. The grade levels range from 4th grade to 8th grade. The instructional program is developed to meet the newcomers' needs before they enter into general education classrooms.  On a daily basis, students receive two periods of Language Arts and Mathematics in Spanish as well as English as a Second Language for 90 minutes each. The goals of newcomer programs are to help students develop linguistic and content skills in their native language to start adapting to a new culture and acquiring English.

word Newcomers Program Referral Form

 

 

 

IFL Spanish Units & Novels

pdf IFL Readers Availability

District Password Required:

pdf IFL Unit Grade K-1 Exploring Who We Are - Spanish

pdf IFL Unit Grade K-1 Exploring Who We Are - Spanish Lecturas - Student

pdf IFL Unit Grade K-1 My Amazing Body - Spanish

pdf IFL Unit Grade K-1 My Amazing Body - Spanish Teachers' Guide

pdf IFL Unit Grade 2 Lectura Fireflies

pdf IFL Unit Grade 3 Ocean - Spanish

pdf IFL Unit Grade 3 Adaptacion

pdf IFL Unit Grade 4 Child Labor - Spanish

pdf IFL Unit Grade 5 Lecturas Space Exploration

pdf IFL Unit Grade 5 Lecturas Space Exploration - Teachers' Guide

pdf IFL Unit Grade 6 Lectura Analysis of a Theme-Lema

pdf IFL Unit Grade 6 Lectura Analysis of a Theme-Once

pdf IFL Unit Grade 6 Lectura Analysis of a Theme-La mano zurda

pdf IFL Unit Grade 6 Lectura Analysis of a Theme-Spanish Teachers' Guide

pdf IFL Unit Grade 6 Lectura- El Sueno Punto de vistas

pdf IFL Unit Grade 6 Lectura- El Sueno Sp-Teachers' Guide

pdf IFL Unit Grade 7 Lecturas Preocupaciones modernas sobre la comida

pdf IFL Unit Grade 7 Lecturas Preocupaciones modernas sobre la comidaa Teachers' Guide

pdf IFL Unit Grade 7 Degrees of Happiness - Spanish

pdf IFL Unit Grade 7 Degrees of Happiness. Naranjas

pdf IFL Unit Grade 8 Lectura Textos Antro-Forense

pdf IFL Unit Grade 8 Antropologia Forensica Spanish

pdf IFL Unit Grade 8 Lecturas Jugando Juegos (readers)

pdf IFL Unit Grade 9 Lectura Observaciones del Presidenta Obama

pdf IFL Unit Grade 9 Analysis of Theme-Spanish-Teachers' Guide

pdf IFL Unit Grade 10 Lectura La Satira

pdf IFL Unit Grade 10 Satira Teachers' Guide

pdf IFL Unit Grade 11 Lecturas Abolicion Esclavitud

pdf IFL Unit Grade 11-12 Lecturas Abolicion Esclavitud-Teachers' Guide

pdf IFL Unit Grade 12 Lecturas-el Tapiz de Papel

pdf Fireflies translated into Spanish

 

 

 

Contact Us

Lourdes Garcia

Director
Bilingual/ESL/World Languages

(973) 321-2454
logarcia@paterson.k12.nj.us

Maria Sandoval

Confidential Secretary
(973) 321-0711
msandoval@paterson.k12.nj.us

Bilingual/ESL Supervisors

Gisela Adorno

Schools 6, 8, 20, Newcomers 15/NRC
gadorno@paterson.k12.nj.us

Mustapha Dargal

Supervisor of ELD Immigrant Programs
mdargal@paterson.k12.nj.us

Elba Rosario-Gomez

Schools 10, 15, NRC
erosario@paterson.k12.nj.us

Anthony Maestrey

Supervisor of ELD Immigrant Programs

amaestry@paterson.k12.nj.us

Marielle Messina

School 2, 12, 18, 21
mmessina@paterson.k12.nj.us

Liza Rios-Otto

Schools 5, 13, 25, Don Bosco

lotto@paterson.k12.nj.us

Ofelia Ramos

Schools 3, 24, 26, MLK
oramos@paterson.k12.nj.us

 

 

World Language Supervisors

​Katuska Esquiche

Department Chair Person of World Languages - International High School
kesquiche@paterson.k12.nj.us

James Fitzgerald

Department Chair Person of World Languages - JFK High School
jfitzgerald@paterson.k12.nj.us

 

Egly Valenzuela

Department Chair Person of World Languages - EHS High School
evalenzuela@paterson.k12.nj.us

 

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