MHS hosts visitors seeking ideas on English Learner programming


District English Learner Coordinator Rachel Inks, second from left, talks about English Learner programming at Marshalltown High School with visitors from Urbandale High School. Also pictured, clockwise from left, are Steven Pokorny of Urbandale, MHS Principal Jacque Wyant, Christine Kane-Finn of Urbandale and Keri Schlueter of Urbandale.

Representatives from Urbandale High School visited Marshalltown High School to explore program options for English Learners on January 26.

The group met with MHS Principal Jacque Wyant and district English Language Learner Coordinator Rachel Inks then visited nine classrooms to see MHS programming in action.

The group was especially interested in co-teaching at MHS, which has a content specialist working alongside a language specialist in the classroom to support the needs of English Learners.

“This gave us the opportunity to spotlight all the work the teachers at the high school have done to make co-teaching a meaningful experience for our students,” Inks said.


Chistine Kane-Finn, of Urbandale High School, center, talks with an MHS student during a classroom visit.