English Language Development (ELD) services are provided for qualifying students who speak a language other than English at home. William Walker Elementary has approximately 340 students who qualify for ELD services. The home languages of Walker students include Arabic, Cambodian, Farsi, Hindi, Nepalese, Pashto, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Swahili, Turkish, and Vietnamese.
ELD instruction is provided by teachers who have had special training in teaching English Language Development. Our ELD teachers use district-adopted curriculum materials and learning targets to help students progress through the levels of language acquisition from beginning to advanced.
William Walker's ELD program appoints one ELD teacher at each grade level, where teachers push into the classroom using a co-teaching model. The majority of an ELD teacher's day is spent with their grade level team, both in large and small group instruction. This model benefits students developing their English skills by providing them multiple opportunities to learn content and practice reading, writing, speaking, and listening in English throughout the entire school day.
There are 8 ELD teachers at William Walker: Deborah Harpine, Mike Humphreys, Shaila McGranahan, Linda Pike, Sheila Pruitt, Julia Ramirez, Kim Seed and Heather Shaw.
For information about our ELD program, including our mission statement, learning targets, curriculum materials, and best practices, please follow the link below:
For more information about the ELD program at William Walker, please contact Sheila Pruitt at 503-672-3605.