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5/24/16 Transitional Bilingual Education (TBE) Portuguese class

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For Immediate Release
May 24, 2016


Framingham Public Schools is excited to announce that beginning next school year, King
Elementary will be the site of a new Transitional Bilingual Education (TBE) Portuguese class for
bilingual 1st and 2nd graders, many of whom are already enrolled at the school. The Bilingual
class enhances King School’s mission statement of the 5 C­ Citizenship: “I can celebrate
differences in myself and others.”

According to the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Guidance
document on English Language Learners:

Transitional Bilingual Education is a program in which content instruction is initially
taught in the native language [Portuguese] of the student and English. As the student
develops English language proficiency, instruction is increasingly taught in English. The
program maintains and develops skills in the primary language while introducing,
maintaining and developing skills in English. The primary purpose of a TBE program is
to facilitate the student’s transition to an all­English instructional program, while the
student receives academic subject instruction in the primary language to the extent
necessary.

King will continue to provide all students with academic access to standards­based curriculum,
strong commitment to the STEAM Framework and Mandarin Chinese program. Mrs. Kim
Taylor, the principal of King Elementary School, and her staff have been working closely with
the Bilingual Department to build a strong community and school partnership