District 49’s English Language Development Program supports the growth of every English language learner, so each student becomes academically and socially fluent. The ELD program provides rigorous instruction to English language learners to develop their listening, speaking, reading and writing skills, so they achieve grade-level proficiency and become successful in workforce and post-secondary environments. The Board of Education expects the entire district staff to take ownership in assuring our English language learners demonstrate language proficiency and ultimately improve in achievement. ELD teachers and paraprofessionals empower each learner, through differentiated instruction, research-based instruction and assessments and 21st century skills. As a team committed to student success, the program uses compassion create productive citizens in a global society.