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Philosophy Statement for the ELD Program

SUSD English Language Development Program

The Scottsdale Unified School District’s English Language Development (ELD) Program philosophy is to provide specialized, academic English instruction to students who are not yet proficient in English and empower their families to achieve success and personal growth.  

  1. Uphold high academic expectations for all students through highly effective teaching and data analysis 
  2. Seek active partnerships with families and provide access to resources
  3. Ensure that administrators, teachers and staff are in compliance with the state and district initiatives through collaboration and  professional development

Program Services

Participation in any of these programs is voluntary and requires parental signatures. 

All students who enter Scottsdale schools with a Primary Home Language Other Than English (PHLOTE) are screened with the Arizona English Language Learner Assessment (AZELLA).  Students who are found to be limited in English Proficiency are offered English Language Development instruction.  

In schools that have more than 20 ELLs in a three grade level span must offer Structured English Immersion classrooms as its method of delivering services to ELLs.  Structured English Immersion Classrooms must provide four (4) hours of English language development.  Schools that have 20 or fewer ELLs in a three grade level span may provide services through the use of an ILLP.  ILLPs must be completed for each student specifically documenting how four (4) hours of English language development will be incorporated into the mainstream classroom

Services for students include:

  • Teachers specialized & trained in English Language Development and Structured English Immersion Strategies
  • Focused curriculum and materials
  • Immigrant Services
  • Native American services
  • Compensatory Education services such as before & after school, and summer school
  • Instructional Interventions
  • Academic monitoring and testing services

Services for parents and families include:

  • Translation and Interpretation services
  • Parent education
  • Assistance with social services and school/home communication

Services for teachers, administrators, and staff include:

  • English Language Development Training
  • Professional Development
  • Coaching
  • Translation and Interpretation services

Program Elements:

  • English Language Development (ELD) Oral English and Conversation, Reading, Vocabulary, Writing & Grammar
  • Program teachers have either a BLE (bilingual), ESL (English as a Second Language) or SEI (Structured English Immersion) endorsement
  • Structured English Immersion (SEI) placement is a temporary transition period not normally intended to exceed one year
  • ELL students remain in the SEI program until they reach the English “proficient” level on the AZELLA per §ARS-15-756.B, 15-756.05.A.


Sheryl Rednor
Executive Director of Teaching and Learning

Christina Diaz
Administrative Support Coordinator

Sheila Cepress
Native American Education Coordinator

ELD Budget

Brenda Spisak

ELD Centralized Data

Stefanye Dixon

Lisa Heimburg
Assessment Support Coordinator

ELD Coaches

Jody Caudle

Lori Kelly

Jaime White

Translation Specialists/Interpreters

Nicole Guest

Elsa Martori

Luis Montes