Dual-language teachers get a helping hand

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The Dallas ISD Bilingual ESL department offers model classroom setups to Bilingual and ESL teachers to support effective implementation of the dual-language program. This year, the Bilingual ESL department has assisted more than 25 teachers in creating a conducive learning environment that facilitates teaching for biliteracy.

“Working in the model classroom setup project is a team effort,” said Carlos Silva, team lead of the Bilingual ESL Cadre, an extension of the Bilingual ESL department. “Every member shares their expertise with new teachers or teachers that need help implementing the dual-language components in their classroom. It is a great experience to leave the teachers satisfied with a new layout and input on how to use their resources.”

The Bilingual ESL Cadre’s members’ responsibilities include delivering professional development sessions, such as the New Dual-Language Teacher Academy (NDLTA), that are offered throughout the year.

The Bilingual ESL Cadre members recently participated in the model classroom setup at Nathaniel Hawthorne Elementary. Mrs. Miñano, a first-grade bilingual teacher, said she was very thankful for the model classroom setup.

“The classroom looks so different,” she said. “My students were so happy when they saw it. They are so motivated to learn.”

A teacher can request a model classroom set up through their assigned Bilingual Instructional Campus Support Specialist in collaboration with the campus administrators, or as an additional support available by request to Hipólito Rodriguez at hrodriguez@dallasisd.org or 972-925-8844.

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