English Learners

Department Summary

Cicero District #99 mission is to support all language learners in their academic, social, emotional and cultural education through the development of bilingualism, biculturalism, and biliteracy. As a result, we want our global citizens to meet and exceed grade-level expectations, possess academic fluency in English and Spanish, and through the development of their critical thinking skills, gain a competitive edge in college placement and career readiness.

English Learners Programs

DuaL Language Program

Vision

Our vision is to provide the best educational, social, and equal opportunities in biliteracy*, bilingualism*, and multiculturalism*, for all students as they develop into responsible global citizens, while gaining a competitive edge in college placement and career readiness.

*Biliteracy - to read and write proficiently in two language with equal fluency

*Bilingualism - to listen and speak proficiently in two languages with equal fluency

*Multiculturalism - the belief of different cultures within a society should all be given equal value and importance



Goals

The Cicero District #99 Dual Language Program is an academic program which enhances the development of bilingualism, biculturalism, and biliteracy so that students will be ready for college, career, and live in a global competitive economy. Our goals are to:

  • Prepare students to compete nationwide and worldwide
  • Foster native language and reduce native language loss
  • Create a rigorous academic program which accelerates student learning
  • Develop high linguistic proficiency in two languages
  • Develop positive cross-cultural attitudes


Model

Criteria

Criteria for Enrollment

Due to space limitations, we cannot guarantee that all applicants to the Dual Language Program at Cicero West and Columbus West will be accommodated. The program however is open to all students whose first language is Spanish, English, or any other language, as well as Bilingual students. Parents of applicants will have to complete and turn in an interest form and attend a parent forum or have a meeting with building administrator. Criteria for Dual Language enrollment is as follows:

Criteria for Pre-K students:

  • Follow the current registration guidelines set by the District
  • Parents must attend a Dual Language Forum or have a meeting with building administrator
  • Complete a Dual Language Survey

Criteria for Kindergarten students:

  • Complete Kindergarten registration guidelines set by the District
  • Parents must attend a Dual Language Forum or have a meeting with building administrator
  • Complete a Dual Language Survey

Upon acceptance into the Dual Language program, parents must commit to support their children through the duration of the program, by attending meetings and coaching seminars for support language and academic support and parental engagement.


Sites

There are two elementary schools in Cicero District 99 that house the Dual Language Program, Cicero West School and Columbus West School. Cicero West School and Columbus West School are accepting students into their Dual Language Programs who live within their neighborhood boundaries.

Cicero West (ONLY):

One One-Way Dual Language Pre-K Classroom

Two Two-Way Dual Language Kindergarten Classrooms

Columbus West (ONLY):

One One-Way Dual Language Pre-K Classroom

One Two-Way Dual Language Kindergarten Classroom




Admission

How can I enroll my child in the program?

Dual Language enrollment will start at Preschool (One-Way) or Kindergarten (Two-Way). Parents interested in enrolling their child in a Dual Language program MUST attend a Parent Forum and submit an online survey.

Parent Forums will address the implementation of Dual Language, description of the One-Way and Two-Way Dual Language Program, research, and teacher, administrator and parent/guardian commitment.

Who will be eligible to enroll?

One-way Dual Language program- eligible students will be English Learners who will be identified through the Home Language survey and WIDA Model results.

Two-way Dual Language program- Classroom will have a combination of general education and English Learners students who will be identified through the Home Language survey and WIDA Model results.

Space is limited and we cannot guarantee that all applicants will be accommodated in a Dual Language Program. Applicants will be placed on a waiting list and English Learners will be enrolled in a program that meets their language needs. Should space become available in the Dual Language program during the school year, waiting list students will be admitted according to the admittance criteria.

ALL parents will receive written notification regarding their child’s acceptance status. Once students are admitted into a Dual Language program, parents will be required to sign a commitment letter to keep their child in the program.

The WIDA-MODEL English language screener instrument will be administered to incoming kindergarten students who answer “Yes” to one or two questions in the Home Language Survey. Students interested in the Dual Language program will be placed in two lists according to their qualification to receive English Language Learners (EL) services in Spanish: EL Qualify and EL Not Qualify. The list will ensure the required linguistic balance of the Two-Way Dual Language classroom. Students who qualify to receive EL services in Spanish will be part of the Spanish speaker selection list and students who do not qualify to receive EL services will be part of the English speaker selection list.

If there is more interest than available space in the Dual Language Program, a lottery system will be used to make the final selections. The lottery will be conducted with the principal and English Learners Department.

After Dual Language kindergarten students are selected, parents will be informed of their acceptance. Once students are admitted into the Dual Language program, parents will be required to sign a commitment letter to keep their child in the program.

The remaining interested non-EL students will be placed on a waiting list. In addition, EL students not selected will be placed on a Dual Language waiting list and be enrolled in their appropriate EL placement. Should space become available in the Dual Language program during the school year, waiting list students will be admitted according to the admittance criteria.

EL Department News

Parent University

Parent University was well-attended by both families and staff across the district. 288 family members attended sessions and had the opportunity to engage in a variety of topics and hear from expert speakers on topics such related to both academics and social-emotional learning.

Dual Language

We are well on our way this school year with setting up the “Three Linguistic Spaces” of our Dual Language Classrooms. Check them out!

Contact Info


Director of English Learners
Maria Burgos
Email: mburgos@cicd99.edu
Off. Ph: 708-863-4856
Ext. 68081/Fax: 708-863-1502


Asst.Dir. of English Learners
Araceli Medina
Email: amedina@cicd99.edu
Off. Ph:708-863-4856
Ext. 68083


Parent Outreach Liaison
Isabel Ramirez
Email: iramirez@cicd99.edu
Off. Ph:708-863-4856
Ext. 68085



District Biliteracy Coaches:

Beatriz Maa
Email: bmaa@cicd99.edu

Sandra Nevarez
Email: snevarez@cicd99.edu

Francisco Peña
Email: fpena@cicd99.edu

Susan Pryor
Email: spryor@cicd99.edu


EL (Record) Clerks:

Yrma Cortés
Email: ycortes@cicd99.edu
Off. Ph: 708-863-4856

Marcela Couch
Email: mcouch@cicd99.edu
Off. Ph: 708-863-4856


EL (Finance) Clerk:
Joanna Muñoz
Email: jmunoz@cicd9.edu
Off. Ph: 708-863-4856

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