Program Options

Beth Tsoumas

Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum, Assessment and Instruction
(847) 998-5006

Kristine Patterson

Director of ELL & Bilingual Programs
(847) 657-2479

Tracy Tuchow

Administrative Assistant
(847) 998-5007

Transitional Program of Instruction (TPI)

 

The Transitional Program of Instruction in District 34 is delivered through pull-out, push-in, and collaboration services. Each building in District 34 provides TPI. The goal of a TPI program is to support English language development in the areas of reading, writing , listening and speaking. Students in the Transitional Program of Instruction spend the majority of their day in the general education classroom. The ELL teachers provide instruction to students based on their English language proficiency level, with a gradual decrease of support as students increase proficiency. Teachers provide instruction in the TPI in English, but when a teacher or paraprofessional who speaks a student’s native language is available, the native language may be used for clarification.

 

Transitional Bilingual Education (TBE)


District 34 currently offers Spanish Bilingual education in Pre-K, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd and 4th grade. The bilingual classes are housed at Henking and Hoffman schools, but can include students from Lyon, Westbrook, Glen Grove and Pleasant Ridge. The goal of our bilingual program is for students to be bilingual and bi-literate in Spanish and English by 5th grade. Students in the bilingual classrooms are instructed in the same curriculum as their monolingual English peers, using materials in the native language. Gradually instruction in English is introduced to students, based on student readiness. Students will continue to receive literacy instruction in Spanish through 5th grade, in addition to instruction in all curricular areas, including literacy in English.