Bedford Central School District
E-Brief, December 14, 2018, Edition #8
Dual Language Program Open to All!
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.
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
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.
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