The program's instructional plans mirror those of Reading Wonders (English Component), providing a wealth of authentic literature from across the Spanish-speaking world. Through a rich range of print and digital media, our students get access to quality Spanish literature and informational text.
Teachers and staff members participated in multiple training programs pre- and post-start of the academic school year. For example, At the beginning of the school year, the English Learners Department led by Carmen Garces, provided 2 days of training with Center of Applied Linguistics and teachers participated in the training learning about how to successfully implement the program in our school.
Principal Marshall represented the Academy at a two-day training with the rest of the principals apart of Dual Language Schools. During the two-day training, she had the pleasure to meet with Dr. José Medina, Director, Global Language and Cultural Education at the Center for Applied Linguistics, as well as practice instructional rounds and observed dual language schools in our district.
This gave Principal Marshall and the Academy an opportunity to see where MDUSD are at as a district, and how to align the programs to become a strong, cohesive unit."
The Academy had a very successful re-launch. Many new parents and families are interested in enrolling their students in the Academy for the next academic year.
Time and excess funds seems to be two of the biggest challenges the Academy faces on a daily basis. In order to be successful, however, the Academy reported that a bilingual program requires bilingual Instructional aides, more books including authentic literature, bilingual resources (library books, online resources, bilingual staff), and bilingual-leveled classroom libraries
When asking principal Marga Marshall for any advice to schools who are interested in creating a dual language program, she responded saying, "Make sure to do research to implement the best program to fit your school. Our district follows a 50/50 model and teacher teaming is encouraged if numbers allow it."
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The program has been a success since day one, because of the continuous efforts from the teachers, support staff, parents, principal, and district representatives. The program at Holbrook Language Academy works for positive, active, and ongoing relations with student's families and the community.