Dual Language Immersion Visioning Process

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Task Force

Elementary Feeder School Structure Committee: Dual Language Immersion Program (Separate from visioning process)

Page last updated on June 21, 2021

Overview

APS is continuing to develop the PreK-Adult Instructional Programs and Pathways (IPP) framework (www.apsva.us/engage/prek-adult-instructional-programs-and-pathways/). The IPP process will include a visioning process for the K-12 dual language immersion (DLI) program, scheduled to begin in February 2021 for completion by early 2022.

Status Update

  • Oct. 26- Virtual Community Meeting – Update on Dual Language Immersion Visioning Process
    • Join Zoom Meeting Here
      • Meeting ID: 894 3455 4269
      • Passcode: 273746
      • or Dial: 1 301 715 8592
      • For simultaneous interpretation in Spanish:
        • Dial: 1-646-307-1479
        • Then enter Conference ID: 8915541472
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  • Oct. 14-  School talk message to dual language immersion community, K-12 – TOPIC: Virtual Community Meeting on October 26, 2021 (7-8pm) – English | Spanish
  • June 15 – Open Office Hour from 7-8 pm via Zoom – Presentation | Recording
    •  Staff shared a brief update on the visioning process, next steps, and provided an opportunity for community members to ask questions.
  • June 9- School talk message to dual language immersion community, K-12 – TOPIC: Update on DLI Visioning Process and Elementary Feeder Structure Committee – English | Spanish
  • May 2- School talk message to dual language immersion community, K-12 – TOPIC: Announcement of DLI Visioning Task Force and Elementary Feeder Structure Committee members – English | Spanish
  • Apr. 21- School talk message to dual language immersion community, K-12 – TOPIC: Update on visioning process – English | Spanish
  • Apr. 8 – School talk message to Claremont/Key community – TOPIC: Return to offering 4 Kindergarten classes – English | Spanish
  • Apr. 1 – Email message to Key community- TOPIC: Reminder about Intent to Return Form – English | Spanish
  • Mar. 25- School talk message to Key community – TOPIC: Reminder about Intent to Return Form – English | Spanish
  • Mar. 11- School talk message to Claremont/Key community – TOPIC: Operational Updates for 2021-22 – English | Spanish
  • INTENT TO RETURN SUMMARY(As of April 14, 2021)
    • 100% response rate
    • 93% of current PreK – Gr. 4 students (545 students) plan to continue with Key Immersion
    • Only 40 students not planning to return: 20 are moving out of Arlington and 20 plan to enroll at their neighborhood school
      • Of the 20 students transitioning to their neighborhood school, 2 are Spanish speakers, 2 are Mongolian speakers and 16 are English.
  • Mar. 9 –
    • KEY Immersion – All Key families with students in PreK-Grade 4 were mailed an intent to return letter and form this week to indicate if their student will remain at Key for the 2021-22 school year. Please complete the form by March 26 and submit to APSimmersionforms@apsva.us or drop off at the main office at Key Immersion
    • CLAREMONT Immersion – Claremont families who live in the boundary for Ashlawn and have students in PreK-Grade 4 were mailed a grandfathering/transfer letter and form this week to indicate if their students will attend Key or remain at Claremont for the 2021-22 school year. Please complete the form by March 26 and submit to APSimmersionforms@apsva.us or drop off at the main office at Claremont Immersion
  • Feb. 1 – School talk message to dual language immersion community, K-12 | English | Spanish
  • Jan.14 Joint Claremont/Key PTA Meeting  – Information on dual language immersion visioning process English | Spanish
  • Jan.13- School talk message to dual language immersion community, K-12 | English | Spanish
  • Jan.11 Information on dual language immersion visioning process shared with immersion staff at Claremont, Key, Gunston, Wakefield
  • Gunston & Wakefield PTA meetings (TBD)

Background

The APS program evaluation for World Languages will be completed in February 2021 and provides a valuable source of data to inform the DLI visioning process. The visioning process is being led by Department of Teaching and Learning (DTL), World Languages Office, and Dual Language Immersion principals with support from Dept. of Planning and Evaluation. The visioning process will also include the Office of English Language Learners; Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer; Office of Equity and Excellence; teachers; advisory groups; PTAs; and families. In addition, APS staff will be working together with a prominent leader in the national immersion community, Rosa Molina, Executive Director of the Association of Two-Way Dual Language Education (ATDLE). In the last five years, Ms. Molina has helped lead more than 30 visioning processes across the nation for immersion programs. She is highly experienced and will be an integral part of the APS visioning process.

Goals

  • Conduct an inclusive and collaborative process with the contributions of all stakeholders.
  • Form a Task Force that leads the development of a Master Plan, with input from all stakeholders, to strengthen the Dual Language Program according to Center of Applied Linguistics (CAL) Principles for Dual Language Immersion. This includes:
    • Program structure
    • Curriculum K-12
    • Instruction
    • Assessment and Accountability
    • Staff Quality
    • Professional Learning
    • Family & Community Engagement
    • Support & resources

Objectives

  1. Program Structure
  • Instructional model at elementary level
  • Plan to increase course offerings for the DLI program at the secondary level
  • Strategies to ensure biliteracy and bilingualism
  • Schedules and PreK-12  pathways

2. Curriculum

  • Aligned curriculum framework – what students should know and be able to do along the K-12 continuum.
  • Resources for Spanish Language Arts
  • Plan to increase course offerings for the DLI program at the secondary level
  • Resources to increase engagement and mitigate program attrition
  • Resources that promote development of biliteracy and bilingualism
  • Resources to build cultural competency

3. Instruction

  • Differentiation strategies to meet range of student learning needs
  • Alignment of supports with Arlington Tiered System of Support, (ATSS) model
  • Strategies that promote development of biliteracy and bilingualism
  • Ensure consistency across schools with the implementation of best practice instructional strategies that promote biliteracy and bilingualism.

4. Assessment and Accountability

  • Standardized assessments in Spanish (already exists in English) and implementation plan
  • Strategies to close achievement gaps

5. Staff Quality

  • Professional learning opportunities and collaborative structures to build staff capacity
  • Strategies to recruit and retain diverse staff

6. Professional Learning

  • Professional learning to address recommendations in master plan
  • Strategies to address program attrition
  • Cultural competency

7. Family and Community Engagement

  • Community engagement/Outreach strategies to:
  • Educate community about benefits of DLI program
  • Engage and generate interest in DLI program amongst groups who are under-represented in enrollment
  • Engage groups who are over-represented in program attrition data

8. Support and Resources

  • Spanish Language Arts resources

Timeline (Updated 4/21/2021)

Date​       Immersion Visioning Process​ Activities
Jan. 2021​
  • Meetings with DLI staff, Immersion Community​ to announce process (Jan. 11)
  • School talk message to dual language immersion community, K-12 | English | Spanish (Jan. 13)
  • Joint Claremont/Key PTA Meeting  – Information on dual language immersion visioning process English | Spanish (Jan. 14)
Feb. 2021​
Feb. – May 2021​
  • Professional Learning activities with K-12 Dual Language Immersion staff
  • School talk message to Claremont/Key community – TOPIC: Operational Updates for 2021-22 – English | Spanish (Mar. 11)
Apr. 2021
  • Formation of DLI Task Force and Elementary Feeder School Structure Committee. Please click here learn more about the process and composition of the Task Force
  • School talk message to dual language immersion community, K-12 – TOPIC: Update on visioning process – English | Spanish  (Apr. 21)
May – Dec. 2021​
  • Task Force meetings with updates/engagement opportunities for Immersion community and broader APS community, updates to School Board
  • School talk message to dual language immersion community, K-12 – TOPIC: Announcement of DLI Visioning Task Force and Elementary Feeder Structure Committee members – English | Spanish (May 2)
  • School talk message to dual language immersion community, K-12 – TOPIC: Update on DLI Visioning Process and Elementary Feeder Structure Committee – English | Spanish (June 9)
  • Open Office Hour for DLI Community from 7-8 pm via Zoom – Presentation | Recording (June 15)
    •  Staff will share a brief update on the visioning process, next steps, and provide an opportunity for community members to ask questions.
    • Join Zoom Meeting–Click Here
    • Meeting ID: 953 1621 0353Passcode: aDQ62C
        • For simultaneous interpretation in Spanish:
          • Dial: 1-646-307-1479
          • Then enter Conference ID: 8915541472

Task Force Meeting Dates

#1-May 17- 3:30-5:30 (Postponed to June 2)

#2- June 2- 3:30-5:30

#3- Aug 23- 2:15-4:15

#4- Aug 24 – 12:30-2:30

#5- Sept 20 – 3:30-5:30

#6- Oct 18 – 3:30-5:30

#7- Nov 1 – 3:30-5:30

#8- Dec 6 – 3:30-5:30

End of Oct. 2021​
  • DLI Task Force recommendations shared in IPP Monitoring Report to School Board
Nov. 2021​
  • Draft Master Plan completed and shared publicly​ for community input
Dec. 2021​
  • DLI Task Force and subcommittee reviews community input​ and finalizes Master Plan
Jan. 2022​
  • Final recommendation made to School Board in IPP Action Item to School Board​
Sept. 2022​
  • Begin implementation of School Board approved recommendations as outlined in Master Plan 

Engagement

This comprehensive process included formation of a task force this Spring that includes community representatives, including those from Key, Claremont, Wakefield and Gunston. Staff will be updating and gathering input from the broader APS community throughout the visioning process. See timeline above for additional details and links to engagement events and materials.

  • Updates to community at PTA meetings
  • Virtual Community Meetings & Open Office Hours​
  • School Talk messages, social media posts, including Facebook Live video sessions​
  • Broader community engagement and input opportunities through IPP process in November 2021

Resources

World Language Program Evaluation – https://www.apsva.us/planning-and-evaluation/evaluation/evaluation-reports/world-languages/

In Feb. 2021, the World Language program evaluation was published. This evaluation included the Dual Language Immersion program. The webpage above includes links to multiple reports and analysis of the Dual Language Immersion program that will be used throughout the visioning process.

Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL): Guiding Principles for Dual Language Education – 3rd Edition 

APS’s Dual-Language Immersion visioning process will culminate in a Master Plan to strengthen the program according to Center of Applied Linguistics (CAL) Principles for Dual Language Immersion. The guiding principles were developed by dual language experts—practitioners, researchers, administrators, professional development specialists, and others—from across the country.

Dual Language Immersion Programwww.apsva.us/world-languages/immersion-program/

Includes information about APS’s Dual Language Immersion Program including frequently asked questions about the dual language immersion program.

Dual Language Immersion Program Brochurewww.apsva.us/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/ImmersionProgram_new.pdf

VDOE – Dual Language Immersion Education:Supporting K-12 Implementation in Virginiawww.doe.virginia.gov/instruction/foreign_language/resources/dual-language-immersion-2020.pdf