Speaking with a female student from a family that immigrated from Mexico, she told me of her struggle to embrace academics in a new language (English), and her dream to become the first in her family to earn a college degree and become a physician. This girl and her family came from a culture in which college was not a priority, but she had bigger plans for her life and the world that she will influence and change. How does a child from an economically disadvantaged, immigrant family that speaks English as a second language get the opportunity to become everything he or she dreams to be? Through the persistence and assistance of their school and teachers utilizing the funding and tools provided through state and federal categorical programs.
The Office of Categorical Programs administers and coordinates the implementation of state and federal categorical programs. These programs provide supplemental services for students from low-income families and students who are English learners. Additionally, these programs provide for teacher and administrator training and professional development to assist our staff in achieving the high level teaching skills required to serve our community with the level of education that every child deserves.
The specific programs under the supervision of the Lennox Categorical Programs office are listed below:
- District and Site English Learners Advisory Committee
- District Led Parent Classes
- Dual Language Programs
- English Language Development Programs
- Every Student Succeeds Act funding (Title I, II, and III)
- GATE/High Achievers Academy
- School Site Councils
- Single Plans for Student Achievement
- State and federal compliance / Federal Program Monitoring
Our two district English learner specialists, April Mosby and Christian Mendoza, and our department secretary Elizabeth Hernandez, assist me in the coordination and implementation of the above programs. If you have any questions about any of those programs, please contact our department at 310-695-4039 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Director of Categorical Programs