Dear Parents and Students,
We are one of the Academic English Mastery Program (AEMP) Network of schools! Because of our wonderfully diverse student population and our commitment to providing culturally and linguistically responsive instruction, we are a perfect school to proudly embody our District’s vision for AEMP.
You can begin participating in this wonderful program by sharing ideas and information about your culture. Your contributions of artifacts, photographs, music, literature, and/or information about people and important historical events, can help us create an inviting environment that reflects our students' cultures across our whole campus.
Thank you in advance and we are looking forward to a RESPONSIVE school year!
AEMP Vision Statement: The Los Angeles Unified School District’s Academic English Mastery Program is a comprehensive, research-based program designed to address the language needs of African American, Mexican American, Hawaiian American, and Native American students for whom Standard English is not native. The program incorporates into the curriculum instructional strategies that facilitate the acquisition of standard and academic English in classroom environments that validate, value, and build upon the language and culture of students’.
As an AEMP school, we get funds, resources (training that only AEMP teachers can attend, people, material, etc.), and District support to help us achieve excellence in instruction. One way we really achieve that excellence is to start with data - know what our students have mastered thus far and what they still need in terms of Standard English mastery. The LAS Links language screening will give us data on areas of strength and areas of need.
The hard truth about our District and our country at large is that there have been ethnic groups that have been educationally underserved by schools, which therefore produced an achievement gap between them and other peers. The District and the State have both recognized that and have committed to providing targeted support to close any existing gaps. Based on historical data, LAUSD has identified African American, Latino, American Indian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander as student groups to provide additional support in this way. It’s like an additional scoop to support successful achievement if needed.
The LAS Links screening goes over various Standard English features within the realms of listening and speaking mastery. After the screening, the teacher gets data on strengths and areas of need. From there, the teacher can help students in those areas. The goal of it all is to help close and/or keep closed any achievement gaps.
The AEMP program’s vision is to validate, affirm, build, and bridge. It is also a resource for our students to get an extra scoop to close and/ or keep closed achievement gaps. With all that being said, you may opt out of this language screening if you would like. Please send a note indicating you would like to opt out and please include the date, your child’s name, and your statement about your choice to opt out.
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