Educators face the challenge of making each student feel like an individual. They take into account the needs that every student brings to school with them each day.
Stacy Stewart, principal at Belmont-Cragin Elementary School in Chicago, believes it is important to focus on students’ linguistic needs by honoring their native language. Stewart’s school implemented a dual-language program that helps students become proficient in both English and Spanish.
“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.”
Belmont-Cragin students study all the standard subject areas (reading, math, and science), but they study them in both languages. Teachers have even started to teach coding at Belmont-Cragin and students are thriving.
“We have kids that are newcomers whose first language is not English, and they may not be proficient, but they are learning English and they are learning how to program,” Stewart explained. “Just the pride that is instilled in those children is something I couldn’t have done without having this individualized, personalized journey at Belmont-Cragin.”
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