Celebrating Bilingualism in DCPS
On May 26, I had the incredible opportunity to be the keynote speaker at the elementary graduation of nearly 50 students who completed their elementary education through the Dual Language Program.
The Dual Language Program is designed to prepare children to succeed in a culturally diverse world and a global economy through academic achievement and proficiency in a second language. The students who are part of this program receives 50% of their class instruction in Spanish and 50% in English.
Students from Beauclerc Elementary and San Jose Elementary as well as their parents attended the ceremony and had the opportunity to tour Dupont Middle School (where most of them will enroll for the middle school years).
Each graduating group and their principal had the opportunity to address participants and to showcase some of the many talents the group of students possess. The ceremony was conducted both in English and Spanish.
Kudos to the ESOL department at the Duval County Public Schools lead by Christine Dahnke for the incredible work they are doing to support students speakers of other languages.
Dra Maira Martelo shares her story at duPont MS #duallanguage #5thGrade #bilingual @DuvalSchools @JaxPEF pic.twitter.com/FjfkytV7zw— christine dahnke (@christine_onnie) May 27, 2015