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English Language Learner Program


Morgan Hill Unified School District, acknowledging the language diversity of its students, provides an instructional program for eligible students that will assure them an equal opportunity to participate in and compete in society as educated citizens. The Morgan Hill Unified School District serves a large population of students who use other languages in their homes and are limited in their English proficiency. The District supports an English language development (ELD) program that provides a means for English Language Learner (ELL) students to acquire English skills and academic proficiencies needed to succeed in school. The staff and administration recognize the need for specialized instructional strategies for students with two languages.

The primary goal for English Learners in the early acquisition of the English language skills of comprehension, listening, speaking, reading and writing. Each English Learner will receive daily English Language Development instruction designed to increase communicative competence and Specially Designed Academic Instruction in English in all core academic classes. The program provided for English language learners (ELLs) is guided by the English Language Development (ELD) Standards and Benchmark and the California State Content Standards Students are placed in an ELL program based upon their scores on the English Language Proficiency Assessment for California (ELPAC). This instrument is used for initial placement and annual assessment and is aligned with California ELD standards adopted in 1999. Designation as an English Language Learner (ELL) means that students must be provided with an English Language Development course of study that includes listening, speaking, reading and writing through appropriate instructional methods for English Language Learners.

English Learner Master Plan

EL Master Plan, Morgan Hill IMAGINE

 Plan Maestro Para los Aprendices de Inglés IMAGINE

What is the DELAC?

A district is required to form a DELAC if it has 51 or more English learner students. The committee is comprised of school staff, parents of EL students, other parents and community members who are interested in English learner programs. At least 51 percent of the committee must be made up of parents of English learner students who are not employed by the district. DELAC members are elected by ELAC members at school sites.

Advisory Duties

The purpose of the DELAC is to advise, not govern, EL services and programs offered by the district. As an advisory group, DELAC member duties include:

    • Developing a Master Plan for educational programs and services to English Learners.

    • Conducting a district-wide needs assessment on a school-by-school basis.

    • Establishing district program goals and objectives for English Learners.

    • Developing a plan to ensure compliance with the teacher and paraprofessional requirements to teach English Learners.

    • Administrating the annual language census.

    • Reviewing and commenting on the district’s reclassification procedures for English Learners.

  • Performing self-evaluation to determine if the DELAC is meeting its goals and appropriately representing the district’s English Learners.

The overall goal of the DELAC is to improve our English learners’ acquisition of fluency in English and to help our students achieve academic success.

DELAC Meetings

All DELAC meetings, including subcommittees, are required by law to be open to the public. Meeting agendas must be posted in a public place a minimum of 72 hours in advance.

An ideal DELAC meeting agenda should include student achievement data, reclassification data, and discussion aimed to increase parental involvement. Items not listed on the agenda cannot be voted upon.

More for information please visit the California Department of Education District-level English Learner Advisory Committee webpage

The following are the Agendas and Minutes for DELAC Meetings for the 2018-2019 school year:

Agenda October 11, 2018     – Agenda 11 de octubre 2018

Agenda November 8, 2018 –  Agenda 8 d enoviembre 2018

Agenda December 6, 2018   – Agenda 6 diciembre 2018

Agenda January 18, 2019  –   Agenda 18 de enero 2019

Agenda February 7, 2019  –  Agenda  7 de febrero 2019

Agenda March 7, 2019     –  Agenda 7 de marzo 2019

Agenda May 16, 2019       – Agenda 16 de mayo 2019

DELAC 2018-2019 Minutes

Minutes October 11, 2018 –   Minutas 11 de octubre 2018

Minutes November 8, 2018  Minutas 8 de noviembre 2018

Minutes December 2018       Minutas diciembre 2018

2017-18 DELAC Meeting Agendas/ Agenda de la junta

Agenda October 5, 2017   –    Agenda 5 de octubre 2017

Agenda November 9, 2017   – Agenda 9 de noviembre 2017

Agenda December 14, 2017 –   Agenda 14 de diciembre 2017

Agenda January 18, 2018Agenda 18 de enero 2018

Agenda February 8, 2018 –  Agenda  8 de febrero 2018

Agenda March 8, 2018      –  Agenda 8 de marzo 2018

Agenda April 12, 2018      –   Agenda 12 de abril 2018

Agenda May 10, 2018       –   Agenda 10 de mayo 2018

2017-18 DELAC Meeting Minutes / Minutas de la junta

Minutes October 5, 2017   –  Minutas 5 de octubre 2017

Minutes November 9, 2017 –  Minutas 9 de noviembre 2017

Minutes December 14, 2017 Minutas 14 de diciembre 2017

Minutes January 18, 2018   – Minutas 18 de enero 2018

Minutes February 8, 2018  –  Minutas 8 de febrero 2018