PowerPoint Presentations for the Language Education Symposium
Creating Schools that Support the Achievement and Development of English Language Learners and Immigrant Students Presented by Pedro Noguera, New York University
Unspoken Truths: Preparing ALl Chicago Public School Students for Success in the 21st Century
Preparing Students for the 21st Century Global Community: Biliteracy and Multiliteracy for ALL
But I don't Speak Their Languages: Native Language Support in Content Area Classes
Bilingual Education and World Language Initiative
The Bilingual Education and World Language (BEWL) initiative, which is designed to lay the groundwork for using language education as a strategy for academic achievement.
This innovative and comprehensive approach to language education will provide rigorous pre-K through 12th grade language development options for both English Language Learners (ELLs) and English-speaking students.
A key goal of BEWL is to help ensure CPS students are prepared to succeed in the global workforce, CPS officials said.
“Most school district initiatives look at world language and bilingual education separately,” said Chicago Board of Education Vice President Clare Muñana. “Chicago’s approach is one of the first to integrate the two concepts. We seek to redefine language education comprehensively to ensure our graduates are prepared to work and live in a global environment.
BEWL initiative efforts, guided by the recommendations of the BEWL Commission formed in 2007, include a Dual Language pilot program — which prepares students to speak, read, and write at a high level in two languages and to do academic course work in both languages — at four elementary schools; a Heritage Language program in 10 to 15 schools to help students reclaim or maintain their home languages; and an International Newcomer Center at Roosevelt High School for refugee and immigrant students who have been in the country for less than three years.
As part of the BEWL initiative, CPS also will provide language programs after school and in the summer, language proficiency assessments in several of the major languages taught with regular collection and analysis of student data, and periodic language education institutes for personnel to ensure continuous learning.
The BEWL Commission included 20 educators, language scholars, public officials and parent leaders. They recommended that CPS:
“The commission found strong community support for teaching students more than one language,” said Chicago Board of Education Member Alberto Carrero Jr. “And research shows that teaching English language learners in two languages actually strengthens achievement in all subjects.”
The BEWL roll-out will initially be funded with federal stimulus money along with support from the Chicago Community Trust.
Acting on the recommendations of the Bilingual Education and World Language Commission, Chicago Public Schools will fundamentally redefine language education to prepare our students for success in the highly skilled, multilingual workforce of a global city like Chicago. Grounded in research that shows that learning two languages leads to higher achievement for all students, our initiative aims to reduce the achievement gap between English language learners and other students by supporting all students in becoming bilingual regardless of which language they start with, and by addressing language education more comprehensively, including academic literacy and English language arts along with bilingual education and world language.
We are acting on the recommendations of the BEWL Commission, which recommended that CPS:
To address these recommendations, CPS will:
BUILD CAPACITY for language education by:
CREATE and PILOT several new programs, including:
SUSTAIN and ALIGN these efforts by:
BEWL Unit Staff Contact Information:
Beatriz Ponce de León, BEWL Project Manager
BEWL Symposium Presentations
BEWL Symposium Video
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