The mission of the English Language Development (ELD) Program in the Lakeland School District is to provide instruction and support to foster the linguistic, academic, personal and social growth of English Learners (ELs).
The purpose of the English Language Development Program (ELD) is to create a culturally responsive and diverse environment where students acquire English, and are given the opportunity to develop the language skills necessary to communicate for social and academic purposes. To meet this goal, instruction addresses the ELD and Pennsylvania Core Standards in the four domains: Reading, Writing, Speaking, and Listening. Our belief is that instruction should be tailored to the individual needs of each student. The ELD program aims to develop both basic interpersonal communication skills (BICS) and cognitive academic language proficiency (CALP), as described in the Basic Education Circulars (BEC) for ELs.