Do you want your child to be bilingual?
Dual Language Information Meeting
Spanish Dual Language Program beginning with the 2017-18 Kindergarten Class
Please come to listen, learn, and find out how to enroll your child
When: May 12, 2016
Time: 6:30 PM-7:30 PM
Where: ECEC 543 N. Wood Dale Road
Child care will be provided
For more information please call
At the October 29th Community Curriculum Advisory Council meeting, Dr. Kudrna presented information about the upcoming dual language program. Below is the presentation.
The Dual Language Committee is eliciting feedback from parents and community members regarding the type of program model that they would like to see implemented in District 7 (90/10, 80/20, or 50/50). The CCAC committee recommended the 80/20 program model.. This model would support 80% Spanish and 20% English instruction in kindergarten and first grade. As the students progress through the grades, Spanish would be the dominant language of instruction until upper elementary when Spanish and English would be 50/50. Research has shown that all models (90/10, 80/20, or 50/50) have been found to effectively achieve the goals of bilingualism and biliteracy; however, the 90/10 or 80/20 model has shown to create higher levels of bilingualism. For specific research studies, visit the Center of Applied Linguistics.
"English speaking students in early dual language programs often do not score on par with other English-speaking students on standardized tests of reading and writing in English. This affect mostly occurs during the first two or three grades of a dual language program, when all or most instruction, in particular, literacy instruction is in the non-English language. To that point, extensive research consistently shows that English speaking students in dual language programs in the upper grades achieve the same or higher levels of proficiency in English as students in English only programs." (Dual Language Instruction from A to Z: Practical Guidance for Teachers and Administrators; Hamayan, Genesee, and Cloud)
38 Wood Dale 7 teachers and administrators are receiving sheltered instruction professional development from Dr. Amy Heineke, Associate Professor of Education, Bilingual/Bicultural Education, Loyola University Chicago. District 7 was awarded a grant from the Illinois State Board of Education to make this professional development opportunity possible.
Approximately, 20% of Wood Dale students qualify to receive second language services so it is important that our classroom teachers know and understand how to differentiate instruction for these students. Linguistically responsive practice embraces a holistic approach to improving the education of English Language Learners (ELLs). At the classroom level, teachers use foundational knowledge of language to recognize the background and needs of students, analyze language demands associated with academic tasks, and scaffold learning for academic development.
As part of curriculum development for all WD7 students, every grade level developed integrated units aligned to the Common Core State Standards. Dr. Heineke will show teachers how to seamlessly integrate ESL/sheltered strategies into all stages of the Understanding by Design curriculum process used by District 7 teachers. In addition, she will provide teachers opportunity to collaborate and discuss about the successes and challenges of educating ELLs.
The anticipated outcome is that our teachers will be more confident in providing sheltered instruction to their students and making instructional decisions based on the students’ language proficiency levels. In turn, our students academic achievement will increase across all content areas.
Teachers with their bilingual and/or ESL endorsement, PreK-8, will work with Dr. Heineke for 3 consecutive sessions. Specific needs of teachers will be targeted by organizing teachers into 3 groups: PreK/K, 1st/2nd, and 3rd-8th grade.
Wood Dale School District 7 is a diverse PreK-8 school district that went 1:1 with technology devices several years ago and has not looked back. Administrators, instructional coaches and a technology trainer will share celebrations and mistakes. We will engage participants by having small group targeted conversations around key topics of becoming a 1:1 school district. Participants will be able to choose 2 topics of interest: (1) development of curriculum, choosing a device, and funding (2) coaching/professional development model, and (3) learning in a global and digital world. During some small group discussions, participants will be able to explore various instructional tools used by District 7 students and teachers. In the afternoon, participants can visit schools or meet with our technology staff about infrastructure and device management.
Thursday, January 14, 2016
Thursday, May 5, 2016
Please sign up on our district webpage. Space is limited.
When schools reach an enrollment of 20 or more students who are English Language Learners
(ELLs) of the same language, Illinois State law requires the district to provide a transitional
bilingual program teacher. District 7 currently operates bilingual (Spanish) programs at all four
schools and bilingual (Polish) services at the Early Childhood Center and Oakbrook School. In
recent years there have been numerous requests from our English speaking families to provide
foreign language instruction for their students. This year District 7 will be exploring the
implementation of a dual language program, as an innovative way to combine the need to
provide state mandated programming, along with the desire to offer foreign language
instruction to our English speaking students.
In dual language programs, ELLs, whose first language is Spanish, and English-speaking
students are provided with full day instruction in the same classroom. This unique environment provides a rich language and cultural learning environment for both groups of students. Dual language programs allow English proficient students to learn how to read and write fluently in Spanish, while Spanish speaking students become fluent in English. Since native speakers of both languages are learning a new language together, all students serve as language models for each other. Generally, dual language programs begin in kindergarten and continue until the end of elementary school, with some programs lasting into middle and high school. It is suggested that programs bridge into the middle and high school years, since the ultimate goal of dual language programs is to educate students to become both bi-literate and bi-cultural.
District 7 has formed a research committee to explore offering dual language instruction to our
students. Several school districts in Illinois and around the country offer dual language
programs. As part of our research, administrators, teachers and parents will attend conferences,
visit dual language schools, work with consultants, and read and study research. The committee
will provide regular updates to the Board of Education, with a final recommendation to come in
the spring. We will be posting additional information about dual language programs along with regular updates on our website (wd7.org). Should you have any questions or expertise in the
area of dual language programs, please contact Dr. Merri Beth Kudrna the District 7 Curriculum
We are excited to be working with #wdsd7 teachers this year to improve instructional practices and grow professionally. Last week, the instructional coaches and I met with each building to discuss the 2015-16 coaching model. Coaches and teachers will learn together this year by participating in learning walks, book studies, and individualized coaching that will be tailored to each teachers needs.
Read about the model here:
S.P.A.R.K. (Students Practicing Applications of Real-world Knowledge) classes began on June 22nd. This summer students in 2nd-7th grade had the opportunity to enroll in several enrichment courses created by our teachers. 13 courses were offered this summer. Due to low enrollment, only 5 courses were able to run. This summer we have students enrolled in the following courses:
Wood Dale School District 7 is happy to offer these courses to students. If you should have students enrolled in these courses, please do not hesitate to provide feedback so that we can continue to improve our course offerings in the future.
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Welcome to my blog! I'm Merri Beth Kudrna , a Curriculum Director in a PreK-8 school district. My past experiences as an educator include classroom teacher, reading specialist, instructional coach, assistant principal, and principal. I love watching kids learn & grow through authentic learning experiences. My passion is integrating technology into the curriculum and using social media to connect students & staff to the world.