World Languages Update

Early Fall 2013

Thank You!

The World Languages Meet and Greet was a hit! Thank you so much for coming (on a rainy summer afternoon) to mix, mingle and provide feedback about our programs. Here are the top ideas from each category provided.


Priorities for Department:

  • Alignment
  • Curriculum
  • Emphasis on communication and collaboration

Advice for Director:

  • Communicate
  • Support
  • Clear Expectations

Continue to do:

  • Support ESOL

Advertise successes:

  • GCISD Web Page
  • World Languages Twitter
  • Electronic Newsletter

Collaboration Preferences:

  • Once per 9 weeks (face to face)
  • Twitter Chats

What makes your life easier:

  • Spanish resources
  • Science materials
  • Tech ideas for language learners

Overall goals:

  • Increase communication and collaboration
  • Reports for progress in L2

Things to stop:

  • Isolation
  • Lack of communication
  • Busy work/micromanaging

Collaboration Meetings

We are so excited to see everyone next Monday at our first Elementary Bilingual/Dual Language Collaboration meeting. We will have some fun and cover some agenda items such as:

  • Norms for meetings and communication
  • Expectations
  • Breakout Sessions: WMLS Refresher, Twitter, Curriculum Update, Science Update for Fourth and Fifth grade teachers, and Grade Level Share Time

Bilingual/Dual Language Collaboration #1

Monday, Sep. 16th 2013 at 3:30-5pm

PDEC, Bronco Bowl

Bring iPads!

Bilingual/Dual Language Collaboration #2

Thursday, Nov. 7th 2013 at 3:30-5pm

PDEC, Mustang Corral

Bring iPads!

Bilingual/Dual Language Collaboration #3

Monday, Jan. 13th, 3:30-5pm


Bring iPads!

Bilingual/Dual Language Collaboration #4

Monday, April 28th, 3:30-5pm


Bring iPads!

Tell Your Friends!

We will also be hosting collaboration meetings for Elementary ESL teachers. They passed the test, so now what? We will help them navigate their way and support them as they meet the needs of our English Language Learners in their classrooms. They will also be learning about LPACs and the responsibilities that come along with serving this population of students. Any teachers serving ELLs are welcome! Dates: Sept. 23, Nov.11, Jan. 23, and May 1. They will receive a special edition newsletter as well.

Secondary Foreign Languages and ESL

We have not forgotten you! Your professional development sessions are being designed and will be rolled out very soon! Details to come!