There is nothing we love more than being surrounded by people who share the same passion we do: a love for learning another language. Two weeks ago on February 25th, we had the pleasure of presenting at the Foreign Language Association of North Carolina (FLANC) Spring Conference. We had the opportunity to share our processes as a Dual Language school as well as our successes and challenges we faced along the way. We have been able to see the changes in our curriculum from when we started as a project-based (PBL) school to where we are now using integrated biliteracy units.
We also celebrated building a team of staff members invested in our students’ learning and well-being. Not only are most of our staff bilingual, but many of them have been in the same shoes as our students. They have been language learners in other countries and know the challenges our students face.
Although we have made tremendous progress since the Dual Language program started in our district (CHCCS), we realize we still have areas to grow as a school. Meeting with people who share our same commitment has further fueled our drive to improve Dual Language education. The work we all do as Dual Language educators is tough but as our principal, Dr. Emily Bivins, stated “If not us, then who?”