FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Wednesday, June 1, 2016
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CHICAGO – Chicago Public Schools (CPS) today announced that five additional schools will offer Dual Language programming beginning in School Year 2017-2018 (SY 17-18) to develop literary skills and fluency in both English and Spanish. CPS currently offers robust Dual Language programs in 15 schools throughout the city.
Today’s announcement was made in conjunction with this evening’s 2016 Seal of Biliteracy Award Ceremony, which will honor CPS students throughout the city who have pursued and achieved the State Seal of Biliteracy. The Seal of Biliteracy is awarded to students who graduate high school with proficiency in two or more languages. Last year, 92 CPS students achieved the State Seal of Biliteracy by passing the ACTFL Assessment of Performance toward Proficiency in Languages (AAPPL). This year, with testing still underway at some schools, more than 930 CPS students have achieved the Seal through either AAPL testing or, beginning this year, Advanced Placement (AP) World Language testing.
“CPS is fortunate to have students from a variety of backgrounds and cultures, and through Dual Language programming we are able to foster rich educational environments that develop and encourage multilingualism and shared cultural understanding,” said CPS Chief Education Officer Dr. Janice K. Jackson. “By expanding Dual Language programming throughout the city, we are providing students at a young age with skills and cultural awareness that will promote success throughout their educational and professional careers.”
Beginning in SY 17-18, the following schools will receive Dual Language programs:
● Azuela Elementary (4707 W. Marquette Rd.)
● Hurley Elementary (3849 W. 69th Pl.)
● Moos Elementary (1711 N. California Ave.)
● Mozart Elementary (2200 N. Hamlin Ave.)
● Spry Elementary (2400 S. Marshall Blvd.)
CPS is expanding Dual Language programming to help students develop high levels of proficiency in both English and Spanish. Through Dual Language programming, students are able to develop bilingualism, biliteracy and a shared cultural understanding among English learners and native speakers.
Dual Language programs integrate both English and Spanish into core instruction to provide immersion into both languages. To support students in their non-native languages, students receive language development instruction in the language they are learning.
CPS currently offers Dual Language programs at 15 schools, including 9 neighborhood schools, three charter schools and three magnet schools. Programs begin in either PreK or kindergarten, and accept native English-speaking students and native Spanish-speaking students.
“Through the expansion of Dual Language programming and our emphasis on the Seal of Biliteracy, we are sending a clear message to our students that multilingualism is an asset,” said Jorge Macias, Chief of the CPS Office of Language and Cultural Education (OLCE). “The Office of Language and Cultural Education is committed to working with schools throughout the District to strengthen language education initiatives that provide our students with a rich, well-rounded education.”
The five schools that will adopt Dual Language programming beginning in SY 17-18 were among 14 CPS schools to apply for the program. CPS OLCE staff reviewed applications, and OLCE staff, Dual Language principals and Dual Language coordinators conducted site visits to help select the schools that will receive Dual Language programming.
CPS supports the unique needs of Dual Language schools by providing professional development to school staff and a part-time Dual Language Coordinator to manage each school’s program. Funding for the program is provided through Title III funds, which is federal funding to support English language learners.
The expansion of Dual Language programs is aligned with the goals in the District’s Bilingual Education Policy, which was approved by the Chicago Board of Education in March. The Bilingual Education Policy establishes clear instructional requirements for bilingual education and recognizes that Dual Language education can put students on a path for the Seal of Biliteracy and other significant achievements.
Chicago Public Schools serves 392,000 students in 660 schools. It is the nation’s third-largest school district.