The school district is currently conducting a feasibility study on the implementation of Dual Language Immersion (DLI) programs in collaboration with researchers from the UW-Madison. The purpose of the study is to provide recommendations on a long-term sustainable implementation of the program. The overall results are scheduled to be finalized during June of 2014.
Nhabee Her, Bilingual Resource Specialist at Lake View Elementary, publishes The Plain of Stone Jars, a book that connects the Madison community to his heritage and experience in Laos and helps others learn about the vibrant Hmong culture. Click here to see Mr. Her interviewed on Channel 27 WKOW.
Silvia Romero Johnson is named the Executive Director of Multilingual & Global Education
In partnership with Edgewood College & UW-Madison, MMSD hosts Kathy Escamilla to present to Instructional Resource Teachers on "Challenging Universal 'Good Teaching' Paradigms with Regard to Teaching Emerging Bilinguals" and to present to Teacher Leaders, Principals, and ESL/bilingual teachers on "Strategies for Developing Oracy and Metalanguage for Emerging Bilinguals."
MMSD partners with The University of Texas at El Paso, a research institution with profound knowledge surrounding native-born and immigrants of Hispanic decent to develop cultural competency. Bilingual Resource Teachers visit El Paso, Texas for an "immersion and biliteracy camp experience." The teachers attend training provided by Elena Izquierdo, visit schools, and attend teacher/parent meetings.
Due to the lack of Spanish-speakers in the Chávez attendance area, the Board of Education (BOE) reviews the DLI program which has 2 of 3 sections currently functioning as one-way immersion (all English-speakers) with instruction in Spanish 90% (kindergarten) or 80% (1st grade). Considering many factors, the BOE votes to not admit incoming kindergartners into the program and to continue the program of 3 sections in the 2013-14 school year while working with the district and parents to determine the future of the program.