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When equity barriers are removed, and teaching practices are inclusive and accessible to all students, every student will achieve social/emotional, linguistic and academic growth and success.
The Multilingual Learner Department aims to create culturally responsive and inclusive classrooms where EL students are supported to participate actively with grade level peers, and achieve their academic goals, becoming active contributors to their society as global-minded citizens.
"The district supports over 25 different languages within our student population."
Norwich Public Schools has a diverse student population and currently services students from many countries around the world. The district supports over 25 different languages within our student population, including Spanish, Haitian Creole, Cape Verde Creole, Mandarin, Cantonese, Chinese, Chuukese, Albanian, Arabic, Bangla, Bengali, Bulgarian, French, Greek, Gujarati, Hindi, Indonesian, Fillipino, Polish, Portuguese, Tagalog, Tibetan, Urdu, Vietnamese, and English. Because Norwich is committed to offering the highest quality educational services to all students, the Bilingual/ESL Department provides services in response to the linguistic and educational needs of English Language Learners (ELLs). The District's programs for ELLs are research-based and are designed to address both English proficiency and academic success.
Our definition of student success combines academic access resulting in achievement, growth towards proficient language acquisition, engagement in their learning, and contribution as an active member of a diverse community. We believe that academic success is built on strong collaboration, perseverance, responsibility, compassion and social-emotional health and that global-minded students are shaped through engaging and culturally responsive academic experiences.Multilingual Learners DepARtment