Positive changes can come from implementing a dual-language program in your school or district. At one school in Chicago, implementing their program has challenged dual-language students and benefited their families as well.
The program has enhanced Principal Stacy Stewart’s connection with parents who used to recoil from technology and say things like “I’m not college-educated! It’s too technical!”.
“We taught them how to log in to parent reports, check their student’s progress, and find resources to help their child at home,” Stewart said. “It demystified the technology, which is important because our parents want to be part of the educational process. Istation Español helps make that possible.”
The 575-student school currently uses Istation Español in dual-language classes, where both Spanish-speaking students and non-Spanish-speaking students use it to achieve biliteracy, Stewart said.
Stewart knows that it takes 5 to 7 years on average for a student to become proficient in both languages. She has also seen her English language learners outperform their peers in English language arts and math since beginning the program.
“We have one 1st-grader — whose home language is not Spanish — outpacing his Spanish-speaking peers in literacy,” Stewart said. “This demonstrates the opportunities that Istation Español can provide our students, whether they are native speakers or not.”
Hear about these changes and more in a quick interview with Stewart below.
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