Dual Language Program teachers (15 in total from Spain) will be providing instruction in Spanish and English in schools around Palm Beach County. The Department of Multicultural Education’s Sandra Medrano-Arroyo said the teachers typically teach in the County for about three years:
“That’s about the timeframe of their visas, but while they’re here they enhance our students’ learning experiences by incorporating their culture, traditions and history into everyday lessons,” she stated. The 2 men and 13 women are teaching a cross section of subjects across a variety of grade levels at Berkshire, Greenacres, New Horizons, North Grade and Hagen Road elementary schools; Lake Worth and Okeeheelee middle schools, and John I. Leonard High School.
The International Spanish Academy is part of the Dual Language Program. The Academy, which is certified by the Ministry of Education Of Spain, is comprised of New Horizons, Berkshire, and Greenacres elementary schools, Okeeheelee Middle School, and John I. Leonard High School.
Okeeheelee Middle School Principal Dr. David Samore said his faculty represents 17 different countries:
“Our school values a global perspective and this is best accomplished by having a global faculty. Our visiting teachers from Spain are excellent, experienced educators who add a great deal to our school and are undeniably assets.” There are 23 District elementary, middle, and high schools that offer the Dual Language Program.
Total immersion programs, like ISLA, have the greatest success in terms of foreign language development. Students in immersion programs become functionally proficient in a second language at a level appropriate to their age and grade in school. Immersion students not only become bilingual, but master the subject content of the regular elementary school curriculum that is taught in a second language.
ISLA is a fully accredited IB world school. The International Baccalaureate Organization aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. The International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (PYP) integrates global-mindedness into the ISLA curriculum --- "Nurturing Leaders for Tomorrow's World".
Some Palm Beach County School District teachers have visited Spain to participate in the Ministry of Education of Spain’s master’s degree programs. The fee-based programs are held during the summer months and take two years to complete.
It is extremely important to the continued progressive movement prevalent in the world today that American students in Florida and around the USA are encouraged to embrace the power of understanding and acquiring other languages in our communication engagements.
It is through effective communication around the world that we can begin to appreciate each others' heritage including beliefs and purposes for those beliefs that can ultimately develop into world peace and prosperity for all mankind in the world as we know today while eventually, the entire universe which lies before us as citizens of the world we must forge on together in harmony and respect for each other for a vast undertaking of the universe just ahead for us together to explore and expand.
REF: Press Release (SDPBC) Public Affairs Office, August 2013