Global Fluency Committee Notes

GFC Meeting #2

April 29th in Joanna’s classroom at TES after school at 3:30 pm.

Committee members present:

Joanna M, Rachel L, Jen T, Jessica F, Jenna H, Ashley W & Alli G

Exemplar schools where we would like to do a site visit next fall.

Boulder Valley –

Basalt –

Park City –

Eagle County – Edwards Elementary

Austin, TX (Jess will go to visit)


Recommendations, and suggestions for the GFC committee to pass on to our Admin team.


Recommendations made – A, B, &C


A. Improve our bicultural environment in our school and community on a variety of fronts in order to build support for the program.



Professional development surrounding language acquisition (L1 &L2) and Spanish instruction should be a part of the plan for Elementary Staff (and all staff)





1. Offer opportunities for summer classes for teachers in a Spanish speaking country. (example – Hood River, OR offers 2 scholarships a summer for teachers to study abroad and earn graduate credit) Would magnet grants support this? How else can we fund this? Telluride Academy?



2. Offer basic Spanish classes for teachers through Telluride Academy during summer or at nights.



3. Have Spanish specialists work with students and teachers to teach in classes that are not in the bilingual program.



4. Advertise opportunities for all staff members to attend conferences such as:



NABE (National Association for Bilingual Education in San Diego February 13-14)



CABE, (Colorado Association for Bilingual Education – Usually October in Denver)



interested in other states – check this out:



La Cosecha Dual Language on New Mexico Conference – November 6-9, 2013 in Albuquerque



New Mexico Association of Bilingual Education NMABE – April 24-27, 2013



B. Start K-1 Spanish literacy specialist for 14-15 school year because it hits 100% of the students.



C. Immersion Program start up recommendations:



1. Returning staff maintain their positions – the bilingual program would be added as new staff members are added due to new enrollment.



2. All new hires need ELL, bilingual and L1 & L2 acquisition training, experience, and support.



3. Advertising bilingual positions – in order to find qualified bilingual staff – Spanish speaking staff should participate in HR Training, create position description translations, and time allotted for Spanish speaking staff to advertise positions for native speakers in both other countries and in the US. For example in Argentina, Chile, El Salvador, and Mexico.



4. Teachers from other countries, or other native speakers, would need training to work on CO teaching certificate. This is common in other districts.



5. In order to have teachers from other countries or new teachers to Telluride be successful, there needs to be clear curriculum mapping about what the teachers are going to teach before they arrive.



Brainstorming questions and other thoughts


Is our district big enough to do a dual immersion?

Why not hire 2 teachers to teach Spanish as a special for grades K-3?

Should we hire someone to teach Spanish as a special 4 / 5 now?

Should we build from K, one year at a time? or 2 grades at a time?

What do we do about new students?

Can we hire a K-1 teacher next year?



In other districts they offer “title 1” booster classes and we could do that in Spanish classes.

We should have the Spanish teacher teach the core subjects: science, basic langauge etc.



25 minutes 4X a week in K-1.



Propose a K-12 curriculum map for Spanish as a special.



We should be thinking about middle/high as we plan K-6. We need Vertical Alignment and curriculum maps.



Some MS/HS goals when these kids get up to higher levels:

AP Spanish Language

AP Spanish Literature and Culture

SAT in Spanish

National Spanish Exam

IB Programs

Heritage Program



TMS staff meeting 4/3 – Tuck recommends: Immersion weekends – as a student he did this in WI. He would volunteer to do musical accompaniment for these weekends in Spanish.