English Learning Services

Laura Heneghan  708-449-3002

[email protected]

English Learning Services

Students qualify for English acquisition services based on their English language proficiency screening scores. The Transitional Bilingual Education (TBE) program provides instruction for our Spanish speaking bilingual students in grades Pre-k – 3rd and as they transition into general education classrooms. The Transitional Program of Instruction (TPI) is designed to support students who speak other languages.


English Learning Department Mission:

Our mission here at Berkeley School District 87 in a partnership with our families and community, is to provide a comprehensive educational foundation for all children in a safe, caring environment, preparing them to be productive, responsible, and successful members of society.

EL Program Vision:

To ensure that all English Learners achieve their highest potential through rigorous academic opportunities in both English and Spanish by providing research-based instructional practices that address their linguistic and academic needs.

TBE Self-Contained Model Pre-K – 2nd

The curriculum for transitional bilingual education students is tied directly to the Common Core Standards, Illinois Spanish Language Arts Standards, District 87 core curriculum, and WIDA English Language Proficiency (ELP) Standards. Bilingual education is provided to Spanish speaking students through one or both models of instruction: self-contained, push-in.

Self-Contained Model K – 2nd Grade:

  • Students receive native language instruction in all core subject areas according to their grade and English Proficiency level in a self-contained classroom.
  • Native literacy instruction follows the district literacy curriculum.
  • Student literacy skills are developed in both languages: English and Spanish.
  • Transition to English literacy begins in 2nd grade.
  • Native language support is provided by certified bilingual teachers.

Sheltered Instruction Self-Contained 3rd-4th Grade

The curriculum for transitional bilingual education students in 3rd and 4th grade is tied directly to the Common Core Standards, District 87 core curriculum, and WIDA English Language Proficiency (ELP) Standards. Instruction in these grade levels is provided in English with Spanish language support as needed. Students are supported through self-contained model of instruction.


 TPI EL Resource Model Pre-K – 8thGrade:

The Transitional Program of Instruction is for non-native English speaking students who have difficulty with written or spoken English. The program provides support to help students succeed in academic subject and learn English. The ESL teacher and classroom teacher are equally involved in the planning, implementation and assessment of classroom instruction.  Materials and strategies are specifically adapted to meet the needs of bilingual students in the classroom.  Ongoing and regularly scheduled collaboration occurs between the Bilingual/ESL teacher and classroom teacher in order to ensure lessons are matched to the students’ needs.


ESL Resource:

  • Students receive appropriate levels of language and content support based on their English Language proficiency, academic and language needs of student.
  • The majority of the instruction takes place in the general education classroom with push-in support from the ESL teacher.
  • Students with lower proficiency levels in English can receive additional support from the EL teacher during a 30-45 minute pull out time if necessary.
  • Students receive literacy and math instruction in the general education classroom.
  • All students have the opportunity to receive additional literacy-based intervention during the school day based on the student’s individual needs.
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