• As a faculty we continue to refine our practices by engaging in on-going professional development opportunities both in and out of White Plains. In recent years, our department has been involved in curriculum writing projects, study groups, and grant-based programs to extend learning opportunities for our students and their families. The numerous professional development opportunities offered to our staff during the year support the White Plains City School District's commitment to providing optimum learning environments for our English Language Learner (ELL) population. Our primary goal has been and continues to be supporting the unique needs of new language learners so that they can be successful students in our schools.