English Learner Department

The English Learners (EL) Department supports the district’s mission of “Fostering an Environment of Equity and Opportunity”. We are committed to ensuring that all English Learners develop linguistic and academic skills to become productive members of a global society. EL students participate in academically challenging curriculum that respects and builds upon their unique cultural and linguistic attributes. We are also committed to providing high quality EL licensed teachers who celebrate and value diversity, advocate for EL students and their families and stay current with best practices for quality EL instruction. We work in collaboration with parents, government, non-profit local community agencies and organizations.

Our EL Department:

  • Provides our EL students the same standard of excellence as all students
  • Seeks community input in order to improve instruction and strengthen collaboration
  • Promotes an understanding and respect for the unique cultural and linguistic diversity of our EL students, parents, and our community.
  • Makes a genuine effort to communicate with parents in a language they understand
  • Complies with state and federal laws

Placement and Notification Letters

Our District provides written notification to parents of EL students each year that they enroll in a TBE/TPI program in compliance with state and federal regulations. The letters incorporates all requirements found in Section 14C-4 of the Illinois School Code (105 ILCS 5/14C-4).

Language Learning Standards

Students are expected to acquire both linguistic and academic skills. Our district utilizes the WIDA standards to support language learning in the classroom.


District 129 State Approved Programs

Transitional Bilingual Education (TBE)

West Aurora School District #129 has a state approved Transitional Bilingual Education (TBE) program for Spanish-speaking students who are acquiring English. This program utilizes native language for grade-level instruction. Students receive daily English as a Second Language (ESL) instruction. As students acquire more academic language, they are transitioned into English instruction. We provide instruction that is most appropriate for meeting student’s needs, as well as being aligned to state and district guidelines.

Transitional Program of Instruction (TPI)

Our District also has a state approved Transitional Program of Instruction (TPI). Our staff provides English as a Second Language (ESL) instruction. This program serves students whose first language is considered to be a low incidence language, meaning that there are less than 20 speakers of that language at a school.


Legislation and Rules/Transitional Bilingual Education

Services for English Learners in Illinois are defined in Article 14C of the School Code and Part 228 of the Administrative Code. Additional guidance and links to resources are included below.​ Article 14C Transitional Bilingual Education

Bilingual Parent Advisory Committee (BPAC)

BPAC is a group of bilingual parents, staff and community members. The purpose of the group is to form a collaborative union amongst school district parents, teachers, and administrators. In addition, parents have access to professional development activities to support their student’s progress in school. BPAC also participates in the review of spending of grant funds.

Comité Asesor de Padres Bilingües (BPAC)

BPAC es un grupo de padres bilingües, personal y personas comunitarias. El propósito del grupo es formar una unión colaborativa entre padres, maestros, y administradores del distrito escolar. Además, los padres tienen acceso a talleres para apoyar el progreso de sus estudiantes en la escuela. BPAC también participa en la revisión de gastos de los fondos provistos por los gobiernos estatales y federales.

BPAC Board Members/ Miembros del Comité:

Deisy Alfaro

Lorena Duran

Teresa Madrigal

Maria Peña

Marisela Baez

Faviola Gallardo

Berta Mayorga

Estela Rivera

Silvia DeLaTorre

Rosa Gutierrez

Maria Medellin

Julia Zamudio 

Upcoming Meetings

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Dr. Christine Anderson

Dr. Christine Anderson

Curriculum Coordinator, 6-12 EL

Claudia Rubio

Claudia Rubio

EL Program Coordinator
Kristina Green

Kristina Green

Office Professional
Hector Salcido

Hector Salcido

Teacher, EL Assessor
Jessica Hernandez Luna

Jessica Hernandez Luna

Office Professional