Welcome to the HGCS English Learner Program

Over the last several years, much has happened in California to shape the future of education for all students, including English learners. In 2010, the California State Board of Education adopted the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts (ELA)/Literacy; a few years later, the 2012 California English Language Development (ELD) standards were adopted. Both sets of standards lay the foundation for the creation of the first curriculum framework in California, and in the nation, where both ELA and ELD standards are woven together. The ELA/ELD framework addresses how both sets of standards work in tandem during English Language Arts and English Language Development instruction.  Howard Gardner Community School uses these standards in planning all instruction for English learners.

The California State Board of Education (SBE) reviews and adopts instructional and supplemental materials and programs for kindergarten through grade eight, pursuant to the California Constitution and various state laws and regulations. However, pursuant to California Education Cod, (EC) Section 60210, A school may utilize instructional materials not adopted by the SBE, so long as the materials are aligned to state standards and a majority of the participants of any review process conducted by the district are classroom teachers and site support personnel. Our site team opted to use an ELA/ELD curriculum within our SAVVAS reading program, in addition to iReady supplemental lessons and GLAD instructional strategies and materials to support language development within the content. All materials are aligned to the ELA/ELD standards and framework.  

Our programs are designed to provide all students access to rigorous instruction that develops their academic language proficiency so they can collaborate effectively around complex text that is intellectually challenging. These materials support English Language Development that English learners need so they can participate fully in the ELA instruction and make the necessary progress to reclassify.

Developing the English Learner Roadmap

This year we will be working with all stakeholders to write our new English Learner Success Plan. In working with the San Diego County Office of Education, we will begin the second phase of writing the plan. We are looking for interested families to Join our committee to review the instructional strategies and curriculum that support our  EL students. Please complete the survey below or contact Dr. Janet Ilko [email protected]

HGCS Families,
We would like your input on our English Language Development programs here at Howard Gardner. Can you please take a moment and complete this survey? This will help us plan for future support program decisions.
If you have any questions please contact Dr. Ilko at [email protected]

ELD Family Survey