Bedford Central School District

E-Brief, December 14, 2018, Edition #8

Dual Language Program Open to All!

DLBE is a bilingual education program, in which all academic instruction is delivered in English and Spanish.

Dual Language Bilingual Education (DLBE) School of Choice Approved by the BoE

The Bedford Central School District is pleased to announce that on December 12, 2018, the Board of Education took action to approve Policy #7150, establishing a Dual Language Bilingual Education (DLBE) School of Choice at the Mount Kisco Elementary School (MKES) effective beginning the 2019-2020 school year.

DLBE is a bilingual education program in which all academic instruction is delivered in English and Spanish. The advantages of bilingualism are widely recognized.

The overall goals of DLBE are to promote:

  • High academic achievement

  • Biliteracy and bilingualism

  • A community of learners with shared interest in cultural proficiency

Bedford Central students in grades one through five whose home school is MKES will continue to attend MKES should their families choose to participate in DLBE. MKES students whose parents choose not to enroll them in DLBE will be provided a traditional classroom setting, either at MKES or another BCSD elementary school depending on the number of students per grade level. Families in other elementary attendance areas in Bedford Central may elect for their children to participate in this academically and culturally enriching program.

While the majority of students will enter the DLBE program in grade one, there are some students for whom it may be appropriate and beneficial to enter the program at a higher grade level, for example, students whose home language is Spanish, bilingual students, or students who may have had prior academic instruction in Spanish.

There will be many and varied opportunities for families to learn more about and experience the DLBE program to determine if they wish for their children to participate or apply. See this link for a list of family information sessions.

The District has also published a Question and Answer Document regarding the DLBE School of Choice.

Parents will be asked to make a decision about their child’s participation or application for the DLBE School of Choice by February 15, 2019. Below is a button with a link to a detailed timeline for implementation of the DLBE School of Choice at MKES.

Your principal/the District will communicate reminders regarding opportunities to learn about the DLBE School of Choice at MKES and the timeline for parent/guardian decision making and District notifications.

Questions regarding the DLBE School of Choice at MKES may be directed to:

Mrs. Inas Morsi-Hogans, Principal, Mount Kisco Elementary School


Phone (914) 666-2677

Ms. Adrienne Viscardi, Director of English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Programs


Phone: (914) 241-6080

Bilingual two-way immersion programs provide an effective instructional approach for both minority-language and majority-language elementary-school students. Students … show improved math and reading performance... (The) ability to communicate in two languages and interact with a larger proportion of the population is likely an asset for these students as they enter an increasingly globalized world. We conclude that two-way immersion models are beneficial in multiple ways ... (Biling, 2013, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health)
In the last five years,the demand for employees in the United States who know more than one language has more than doubled, according to a report recently released by the New American Economy.

In 2010, there were roughly 240,000 job postings aimed at bilingual workers. But by 2015, that figure swelled to about 630,000. Demand (is) for both low and high-skilled positions such as financial managers, editors, and industrial engineers.

(NBC News, 2017)

Research consistently points to advantages for bilinguals, including:

  • enhanced cognitive skills
  • ability to employ necessary cognitive and social strategies
  • use of situational clues to promote understanding
  • enhanced abilities in divergent thinking (the understanding that there is more than one way to look at a problem, and therefore more than one solution is possible)
  • ability to think flexibly and abstractly about language
  • enjoyment of linguistic possibilities
  • early emergence of the concept that there are multiple ways to express the same idea
  • transfer of skills and knowledge from one language to another
Multilingualism has been shown to have many social, psychological and lifestyle advantages. Research in the last decade by neurologists, psychologists and linguists, using the latest brain-imaging tools, is revealing a swathe of cognitive benefits for bilinguals. It’s all to do with how our ever-flexible minds learn to multitask. (BBC, 2016)
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