Dear Educators and Friends,
This month's theme, Priority 3: Expand and Enhance Robust Language Programs
is a jam-packed three-part area of our work in the 2018-2021 Roadmap to ELL Achievement
. First, we want to share with you about Multilingual Programs
Our vision is ambitious: we aspire to offer a Pre-K through 12th grade multilingual pathway, including Dual Language programs and World Language courses. Not only will this allow us to leverage the incredible linguistic and cultural assets of our students, but it will provide Oakland families with equitable access to the proven cognitive and social benefits of bilingualism.
Here are a few things you should know about our progress so far:
- Dual Language Expansion: Responding to community demand, ELLMA supported the expansion of Dual Language (DL) programs at International Community School, Greenleaf and SOL for a total of eight programs. -----> Last year, over 700 Biliteracy Pathway Awards were given to emerging bilingual students who are on their way towards a CA State Seal of Biliteracy.
- Training for Teachers and Leaders: Summer curriculum institutes, improved PD and guidance via the ELLMA partner school model. Established Dual Language Leadership Cohort to address system-level challenges.
- Dual Language Enrollment Policy: Secured an approved policy and administration regulations to assure a balance of language groups in our Two-Way Immersion schools.This huge milestone was the result of years of collaboration and advocacy! Learn more in this presentation to the BOE.
- Creating parity of quality across multilingual programs by purchasing Dual
Language curriculum and assessments. Piloted the Advance /Adelante
Language Arts curriculum and Soluciones for literacy intervention in Spanish, filling a long-standing gap of standards-based materials.
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We appreciate you for fostering the language skills of our students each day and encourage you to send us your success stories so we can share them out.
- ELLMA Team
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