For one educational leader, building a thriving dual-language learning program started many years ago with site visits that provided an inspiring look at a different method of instructing.
A proud member of a growing initiative in Chicago, Principal Stacy Stewart said she and her colleagues developed a multi-year strategy based on what they learned while visiting New Mexico dual-language schools driven by technology.
After more than 25 years in Chicago Public Schools, Stewart understands one thing very well: teachers need to know where their students are before they can help students get where they need to go.
At Belmont-Cragin Elementary School, where Stewart is principal, that critical knowledge is provided by Istation Español, which has already had an impact after being implemented for kindergarten through 2nd grade students. Istation provides digital and in-person adaptive interventions, lessons, and strategies, as well as tools to support diverse teaching practices such as small- and whole-group instruction.
“The biggest thing for teachers is understanding who is in the room,” Stewart said. “Teachers are now much more prescriptive because they have real-time data. Because of this technology and how we’ve leveraged it, teachers can accelerate every student’s achievement better and faster than before.”
Watch the video below to learn more about her journey.
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