Dual Language SchoolsCentral Elementary School

01/2019
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Photo of Teachers from September's Holbrook Language Academy
These images are courtesy of Lifeworks Photography

This month, we are featuring the Central Elementary School Dual Language Program. The excellence that this school has exhibited is extraordinary, as the amount they've been able to accomplish since the beginning of their planning process in 2015 is truly unbelievable. That being said, let's look into what made this school as special as it is today.

We decided to pursue a Dual Language program in this building because of the demographics and the student programing already occurring in this building. Central School has the highest Hispanic enrollment in the district (77%) and the highest EL population (56%). We are in the process of transitioning our Developmental Bilingual Program into a Two-Way Dual Language Program that began with kindergarten in 2017-2018.- Idalia Marin, Bilingual Coordinator

Their team began the planning process in 2015. They learned about Dual Language Programs by doing a book study on Karen Beeman's book titled Teaching for Biliteracy. They also attended conferences and visited school districts that already had Dual Language Programing. The Central Team took initiative by evaluating their building and district resources, giving them the necessary information to develop a plan.

Photo of Teachers from September's Holbrook Language Academy
These images are courtesy of Lifeworks Photography

They created a team of teachers to work on the initial implementation, made up of building and district administrators, kindergarten classroom teachers, and support teachers. This team worked together throughout the 2016-2017 school year to develop curriculum for the Dual Kindergarten Program, develop class schedules for the 50-50 program and develop a plan for working with Dual Parents. In the meantime, district administrators worked with other district leaders and community members to communicate with the district and community. In addition, building leaders worked to identify EL and Dual Opt students.

The work that was completed in 2016-2017 helped to lay the groundwork for the initial kindergarten roll out.

We found that there were very few issues once the Dual Program was officially implemented. There have been some changes that the team has made to the curriculum and day to day procedures. These changes have been documented in the district's Dual Program Units. The team discusses these changes during the quarterly team meetings for the current kindergarten team.

Continue reading to find out more about Central School Dual Language Program...

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