Last year and during the summer a group of Bilingual/ESL teachers met with Alliance leaders to organize and summarize a variety of issues. Gracie Oviedo, Alliance Executive Vice President, met with Rachel Cervantes, Sr. Executive Director for Curriculum and Instruction, and Luz Garcia-Martin, Sr. Coordinator for Bilingual, over the summer to present the concerns.
At the December Consultation meeting, Ms. Cervantes reported that the district is initiating a review of the bilingual program. They have secured an independent consultant to do an external review. There will be interviews of teachers and administrators, a focus group, and curriculum, assessments and instructional data will be reviewed.
The department is also creating a district task force made up of teachers and administrators. Information was sent to principals to distribute to teachers, who could self-nominate or who could nominate others. The Alliance will also be nominating teachers from its Bilingual Task Force.
The overall goal of the work of the district task force and the external consultant is to provide recommendations for improving/transforming the Bilingual/ESL program into a high-performing program that serves our ELLs effectively.