I teach in a newcomer program called NABAD, which means peace in Somali, to students in grades 3-5. This program is designed for students who have been in the country less than 6 months.
The end goal is for students to acquire both the social and academic language needed to comprehend instruction presented in a mainstream classroom! In other words, we hope to comfortably transition these students into a mainstream classroom by the end of one school year.
Between another NABAD teacher (Ms. Adam) and I, the students are taught Math, Science, Social Studies and Reading. In addition, students receive English Language Development instruction to increase their English proficiency. Majority of the students in the program are considered students with either an interrupted formal education, or limited schooling. As a result, our super scholars, as we refer to the students, are always curious and ready to learn. They continuously soak in every part of their learning experience here at Sullivan. Any additional assistance would be greatly appreciated for these wonderful students!