A. Two-Way Dual LanguageThe Dual Language Education model was established as the district's bilingual program for English Language Learners (ELL) at the elementary level, with the goal of having students reach a proficient level of bilingualism, bi-literacy and multicultural competency. In recognition of the linguistic resource provided by students who speak Spanish as a first language, a companion Two-Way Dual Language program of choice was launched on 19 elementary sites to include English proficient students. Two-Way programs integrate language minority and language majority students in the same classroom with the goal of academic excellence and bilingual proficiency for both groups. The Two-Way model increases the district's competitiveness with private institutions that offer Spanish language education.
Withers Elementary Two-Way Dual Language Program Goalsa. Bilingualism- Develop a high level of proficiency in the students first language and in a second language.b. Bi-literacy- Perform at or above grade level in social and academic areas in both English and Spanish.c. Multicultural Competency- Demonstrate positive cross-cultural attitudes, behaviors and high levels of self-esteem.