We are committed to providing all English Learners and Dual Learners with a quality education that values their linguistic and cultural assets through guidance, advocacy, leadership and collaboration. We are a community of learners committed to cultural proficiency. To build capacity in serving the school community, our department stays up-to-date on the latest research in the field of language acquisition. By informing ourselves of best practices within the field we are able to provide professional development opportunities to members of the school community. We believe diversity benefits our society. We are committed to establishing and sustaining equity for all students and families in our community. We believe that by giving agency to students to actively participate in the community, they will be able to thrive in a global, multicultural society.


All English Learners and Dual Learners have access to a high-quality education that values students’ linguistic and cultural assets through clear guidance, consistent advocacy, strong leadership, and close collaboration with all stakeholders.


Federal, state, and local policies guide the work we do to provide all English Learners with a quality education. The School District of Philadelphia created Policy 138 in 2018 to ensure ELs at all levels of language proficiency can access grade-level academic content standards while developing advanced levels of English with support for students’ integration and participation in the community. To provide a quality educational program for all students, Policy 138 states the School District of Philadelphia shall provide a culturally and linguistically appropriate planned instructional program for English Learners (ELs), which builds on students’ home language and culture. Students who are ELs shall be identified, assessed and provided an equal opportunity to participate in instructional programs with equal access to educational programs and extracurricular activities, consistent with federal and state laws and regulations.

OMCP’s Guiding Principles are at the center of our work:

High Expectations: All ELs can achieve at high levels and graduate ready for college and career
Asset Based: Students’ home languages and cultures are tremendous assets
Shared Ownership: All educators share responsibility and take ownership for student success

Instructional Values:

We believe that when educators use these instructional values in their instruction, ELs will demonstrate academic growth.

  1. Sustain academic rigor
  2. Hold high expectations: high challenge, high supports
  3. Engage all students in quality interactions
  4. Sustain a language focus
  5. Develop and deliver quality lessons

For more guidance on implementation of these guiding principles and instructional values in the classroom, read our Instructional Values and Promising Practices.

We collaborate with the Office of Family and Community Engagement to serve our families. On their website you will find language resources and multilingual family supports.