FRAMINGHAM – Framingham Public Schools will be unveiling a new dual language portuguese program for kindergarten and first graders in the 2018-2019 school year, announced Superintendent Bob Tremblay today, November 15.
Framingham already has a dual language Spanish program at Barbieri Elementary School. Wilson Elementary, when it became an IB school, added a Portuguese language component.
The new program will be at Potter Road Elementary School.
The “dual language Portuguese program strand promotes Potter Road’s philosophy of “interacting within an environment that values integrity and the contributions of the students, the parents, and teachers of our diverse population,” said Tremblay.
“Potter Road Elementary School is committed to providing all students with a challenging standards-based curriculum and to establishing relevant connections between classroom experiences and real life situations,” said Treblay.
Potter Road Principal Paula Del Prete, and Assistant Principal Lawrence Wolpe, Assistant Principal, “nd their staff have been working closely with the Bilingual Department to strengthen the school culture and to establish productive partnerships,” said Tremblay.
There will be informational meetings for the community and Potter Road families in December.
“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.”
“We are very excited about this program that will only expand opportunities for children and families that are based on best-practices and which are proven to be successful in our district,” said Tremblay, who began as Superintendent of Schools in Framingham in April.