New Citywide Initiative expands Dual-Language seats across the five boroughs. Schools to receive $25,000 planning grant; targeted professional development for teachers, principals and assistant principals
NEW YORK –Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña today announced a new initiative to open 40 Dual Language programs in the 2015-16 school year, as part of the Department of Education’s commitment to student achievement and increasing multilingual programs across the City. Of these programs, 25 are new while 15 schools will expand existing Dual Language programs.
The 40 programs together will receive $1 million in federal funds from Title III Language Instruction for Limited Proficient and Immigrant Students (LEP). Each school will receive a $25,000 planning grant to implement its program. Among the schools participating in the Citywide Dual Language Initiative, 10 are in the Bronx, 11 in Brooklyn, nine in Manhattan, eight in Queens, and two in Staten Island. Of these, there are 23 elementary schools, three high schools, 13 middle schools, and one K-12 school. The Dual Language programs include Mandarin, French, Haitian Creole, Hebrew, Japanese, and Spanish.
“In some ways we are all immigrant children, and as an English Language Learner, I know education makes the difference and these new dual language programs will give students new pathways to college or a meaningful career,” said Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña. “We are also recognizing that speaking multiple languages is an asset for students, families, schools and our entire City. As a part of these programs, our kids will learn new cultures, parents will come into classrooms in new ways, and together we will make this system the best urban school district in the country.”
The Department of English Language Learners and Student Support (DELLSS) is spearheading the initiative and has developed an implementation plan to provide participating schools with quality professional development, parent workshops, and adequate resources to ensure the successful development and implementation of this initiative. Participating schools submitted a comprehensive application detailing the program design, instructional plans, professional development, and a family engagement component.
In Dual Language classes, 50% of students are English Language Learners (ELL) and 50% are English-proficient students. Both groups of students receive instruction in English and a target language. The goal of a Dual Language program is to educate students to become bilingual and bicultural.
“We are very excited about the 40 Dual Language programs being implemented in fall of 2015,” said Milady Baez, DELLSS Senior Executive Director. “This initiative will expand Dual Language programs in all boroughs. Dual Language programs provide learning in two languages and, at the same time, foster respect and appreciation for cultures. Thus, this initiative deepens the work of preparing students for college and careers.”
As part of the initiative, school principals, assistant principals and teachers will participate in a series of professional development workshops led by bilingual education experts such as Dr. Sonia White Soltero, Assistant Professor in Bilingual-Bicultural Education at DePaul University. Dr. White Soltero has nearly 20 years of experience in bilingual education and extensive background in the design and implementation of dual language programs in numerous settings.
“I am honored to participate by helping educators develop their Dual Language programs,” said Dr. White Soltero. “When implemented effectively, these programs contribute to great educational gains. Multilingual skills are becoming more and more important in our multi-cultural society and this initiative directly addresses the needs of New York City’s diverse student population.”
“The Dual Language initiative is an exciting opportunity for schools to receive support and guidance in implementing a high-quality program. Now, I will be able to provide another choice for students to excel academically,” said Robert Mercedes, Principal of M.S. 390, which will be starting a new Dual Language program.
As part of its commitment to ELLs, the DOE will also offer borough-wide parent engagement workshops in May that focus on the three programs offered to ELLs: Dual Language, Transitional Bilingual Education, and English as a Second Language.
List of Schools
P.S. 333 The Museum School
P.S. 053 Basheer Quisim
The Family School
Samara Community School
Bronx Aerospace High School
P.S. 721 Stephen McSweeney School
M.S. 223 The Laboratory School of Finance and Technology
P186 Walter J. Damrosch School
P.S. 18 Edward Bush
P.S. 147 Isaac Remsen
P.S. 249 The Caton
P.S. 375 Jackie Robinson School
P.S. 345 Patrolman Robert Bolden
P.S. 90 Edna Cohen School
I.S. 68 Isaac Bildersee
I.S. 228 David A. Boody
I.S. 281 Joseph B. Cavallaro
The School for International Studies
P.S. 20 Anna Silver
The Bilingual Bicultural School
P.S. 206 Jose Celso Barbosa
Dos Puentes Elementary School
A. Philip Randolph Campus High School
M.S. 319 Maria Teresa
M.S. 326 Writers Today & Leaders Tomorrow
P.S. 188 The Island School
P.S. 228 Early Childhood Magnet School of the Arts
P.S. 19 Marino Jeantet
Waterside School for Leadership
M.S. 72 Catherine & Count Basie
P.S. 127 Aerospace Science Magnet
P.S. 22 Graniteville
I.S. 51 Edwin Markham