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Framingham Public Schools Announces Increased Opportunities With Dual Language Programs for the 2019-2020 School Year

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                                                Robert A. Tremblay, Ed.D., Superintendent of Schools

Bilingual Education Department
Genoveffa Grieci, Director * Jennifer LaBollita, Assistant Director
73 Mount Wayte Avenue, Suite #5
Framingham, Massachusetts 01702
Telephone: 508-626-9171

Fax: 508-877-4240


Framingham Public Schools Announces Increased Opportunities With Dual Language Programs for the 2019-2020 School Year

November 28, 2018 (Framingham, MA): Framingham Public Schools is excited to announce the expansion of two Dual Language Programs. This means that four of the nine elementary schools will offer increased opportunities for children in the next school year. This is great news for parents who wish for their child(ren) to be bilingual, bicultural, and bilterate, as the expansion will open the door for more families across the District to immerse their children in a program that delivers meaningful, challenging, and accelerated instruction.

In addition to the current Two-Way Spanish Program at Barbieri Elementary School and the newly implemented Two-Way Portuguese Program at Potter Road Elementary School, the District is planning to increase the Dual Language programs to include a Portuguese Program at Woodrow Wilson Elementary School and a Spanish Program at Brophy Elementary School.

Both Brophy and Woodrow Wilson Elementary Schools have been serving English Learners (ELs) in programs where students are both learning the curriculum in their native language in addition to English. Next year’s expansion offers programs where native speakers of Spanish or Portuguese and English-speaking students will be taught standards-based grade level curriculum in either Spanish (Brophy) or Portuguese (Wilson). Dual language programs provide an invaluable cultural awareness along with partner language acquisition.

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

A Two Way Immersion (TWI) program is a dual language education model designed to promote bilingualism and biliteracy, cross-cultural competency, and high levels of academic achievement for both native English speakers and English Learners (ELs) from a single language background. TWI programs are considered additive bilingual programs because all students develop and maintain their home language while adding a second language to their repertoire. They receive the same core curriculum as all students in the state and instruction is provided through two languages throughout the program. From a program design perspective, TWI programs must begin in the early grades (PreK–K) and may continue through the secondary level.

The leadership teams and staff at Woodrow Wilson and Brophy have been working closely with the Bilingual Department to strengthen the school culture and to establish productive partnerships.  There are various ways that community members can learn more about the programs, next steps for the expansion, or if there are any other questions.

Community Forums
The Bilingual Education Department is hosting two information sessions in December for families that are interested in learning more. This is especially important as Kindergarten registration approaches for the 2019-2020 school year.

●      Wednesday, December 5th at 6pm in the Costin Room at the Framingham Public Library (49 Lexington St, Framingham)

●      Wednesday, December 12th at 6pm in the Costin Room at the Framingham Public Library (49 Lexington St, Framingham) 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
The Bilingual Education Department has compiled a growing list of Questions and Answers. Community members can visit the list HERE or feel free to call the Bilingual Education Department with additional questions.

Bilingual Education Department
Anyone with questions is welcome to contact the Bilingual Department. They can be reached by phone at 508-626-9171 between the hours of 8:00am and 4:00pm Monday through Friday. Community members can visit their website and find them on Facebook.

About the Bilingual Education Department
The Bilingual Education Department offers research-based programs and exemplary instruction for English learners in the Framingham Public Schools. FPS has a diverse student population and currently services students from over 70 countries, including Brazil, China, Haiti, India, Pakistan, Portugal, Russia, Vietnam and several Spanish-speaking countries. The district is committed to offering the highest quality of educational services to all students, and administers ELE programs with the goal of developing English language proficiency and achieving state content-area standards, while simultaneously valuing students' native languages and cultural backgrounds.

About Framingham Public Schools
The mission of the Framingham Public Schools is to educate each student to learn and live productively as a critically-thinking, responsible citizen in a multicultural, democratic society by providing academically challenging instructional programs taught by highly-qualified staff and supported by comprehensive services in partnership with our entire community. For news, updates, and announcements, follow Framingham Public Schools (@FraminghamPS) on FacebookTwitterand (@framinghamschools) on Instagram. You can also join the conversation using #FraminghamSchools.