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Language, Culture and Learning

The Department of Language, Culture and Learning

globe with childrenThe Department of Language Culture and Learning encompasses several programs and services in Cook County School District 130, including gifted and bilingual education.

Please visit our program links for more information:

 

Enid Alvarez

Director of Language, Culture and Learning

 
 
  • Oversees Language, Culture and Learning Department
 
 

Catherine Rotimi

English Learner Coordinator
 
  • Assists in IEP process for bilingual special education students.
  • Assists in evaluation of TBE and Dual Language teachers.
  • Provides staff professional development to help support ELL students.
  • Assists with the administration of the ACCESS test.
 
 

Marisa Esparza

Language, Culture and Learning Secretary

 
 
  • Bilingual
  • Gifted
  • Access Testing
  • Choice Schools
 

 


Gifted Program

Cook County School District 130 accepts parent referrals for Gifted Testing in April for the upcoming school year.  Before referring your child for Gifted Testing, parents are asked to review "Bright Child, Gifted Learner."

If you feel that your child is a Gifted Learner, please complete the Gifted Referral Form (located below, in both English and Spanish) and return it to your child's school by the end of April.  Below you will find a brief description of the Gifted Process and Programs.

 

  Gifted Referral Form (English) Gifted Referral Form (Spanish)  

 

Gifted Process

  • Referral process begins in April of each school year for children entering first grade and above.
  • Referrals can be made in writing by a parent, teacher or other district staff member.
  • Forms are available online or in the main office of every school.
  • Gifted testing occurs at the end of May and into June for the following school year.
  • Testing is held at the District Office (12300 S. Greenwood Ave. in Blue Island) and takes approximately 1.5 hours.
  • Parents are notified in writing of the testing results prior to the start of the next school year.

Gifted Programs:

Primary Gifted or Thursday School (Grades 1-2)

  • One day per week for a half-day.
  • Primary Gifted is held at George Washington School.
  • Children from Lincoln, Nathan Hale Primary and Paul Revere Primary schools are transported by Cook County School District 130 buses to George Washington School.
  • Students receive an enriched extension of the first-and second-grade learning standards.

Intermediate Gifted (Grades 3-5)

  • Students identified as Gifted are clustered together in one class per grade level at each building.
  • Teachers follow grade-level curriculum with differentiated/enriched instruction.

Middle School Gifted (Grades 6-8)

  • Students identified as Gifted are scheduled according to strengths, based on MAP scores and teacher recommendations.
  • Strengths in English Language Arts are clustered for ELA and Social Studies.
  • Strengths in Math are clustered for Math and Science. Students strong in both ELA and Math are scheduled together for all five core content areas.

Dual Language Program

What is the Dual Language Program?

Dual Language is a K-5 program that uses two languages (English and Spanish) for the purpose of instruction. Students will have two teachers, one in English and one in Spanish, and instructional time is divided equally between both languages. Students will remain with the same group of classmates while they are in the program.

Each teacher will only teach in their designated language. This allows for consistency throughout the day. Grade level partner teachers will collaborate to ensure your child is successful in the program.

Students will receive Literacy instruction in both English and Spanish. This ensures that students are receiving high levels of listening, speaking, reading and writing in both languages. Students will have regular assessments in both languages to monitor their progress in all areas of Literacy and Mathematics.

Dual Language Schools

Dual Language classes for kindergarten through third grade are located at Lincoln, Paul Revere Primary and Nathan Hale Primary schools. Dual Language classes for fourth and fifth grade are located at Whittier, Paul Revere Intermediate and Nathan Hale Intermediate schools.

50/50 Model

Using the 50/50 model, where only one language is used at a time, is effective for students because it avoids language confusion. Full immersion in the language also fosters students' expectations and achievement. The table below provides an overview of how subjects are split by grade level:

 

 

Spanish

English

 
 

Kindergarten

Language Arts

Science

Social Studies

Language Arts

Math

 
 

First Grade

Language Arts

Science

Social Studies

Language Arts

Math

 
 

Second Grade

Language Arts

Science

Social Studies

Language Arts

Math

 
 

Third Grade

Language Arts

Science

Language Arts

Math

Social Studies

 
 

Fourth Grade

Language Arts

Science

Language Arts

Math

Social Studies

 
 

Fifth Grade

Language Arts

Science

Language Arts

Math

Social Studies

 
     
  District 130 Dual Language Pamphlets  
  Dual Pamphlet (English) Dual Pamphlet (Spanish)  
 

Transitional Bilingual Education Program

The Transitional Bilingual Education program in Cook County School District 130 serves English learners whose home language is Spanish. Based on results from the prescribed language screener or the ACCESS test, these students are placed into a self-contained classroom for English learners of the same language background with a highly qualified TBE teacher. Core academic content is taught in English and Spanish. Initial language allocation is Spanish but varies depending on the child, with a gradual shift to instruction in English as the child moves from full-time to part-time status. English as a Second Language (ESL) instruction is provided across the content areas.

 

Full-time TBE Enrollment

Part-time TBE Enrollment

Exit Requirements

 
 

ACCESS Test Score

Reading Proficiency:
1.0 - 3.4

Writing Proficiency: 
1.0 - 3.4

Overall Composite Proficiency: 3.4 & lower

ACCESS Test Score

Reading Proficiency: 
3.5 - 4.1

Writing Proficiency: 
3.5 - 4.1

Overall Composite Proficiency: 3.5 - 4.7

ACCESS Test Score

Overall Composite Proficiency: 4.8 or higher

*New exit requirement

 
 

 
 

Home Language Survey

Illinois requires school districts to collect a Home Language Survey for every new student. This survey is used to count the students whose families speak a language other than English at home. It also helps to identify the students who need to be assessed for English language proficiency.

Please click the links below to download the Home Language Survey in your preferred language.

English | Spanish

 


Transitional Program of Instruction

The Transitional Program of Instruction (TPI) program in Cook County School District 130 serves English learners whose home language is one other than English or Spanish. Based on the results from the prescribed language screener or the ACCESS test, TPI students receive second language support through an English transitional program and collaboration model. In the collaboration model, English learners from various language backgrounds are placed in mainstream classes to receive either push-in or co-teaching instruction in all core content areas using specific strategies for English learners. When possible, the home language is used as a support.

Cook County School District 130 encourages its general education teachers to earn ESL endorsements. When an ESL endorsed teacher is available, TPI students at that grade level are placed in the ESL-endorsed teacher's classroom. The TPI teacher leaders then collaborate with those ESL classroom teachers to ensure the TPI students' language needs are being met, differentiation is occurring, ESL is properly incorporated into the general education setting in all content areas, and that the TPI students are making progress in the English language.

 

TPI Enrollment

Exit Requirements

 

 

ACCESS Test Score

Reading Proficiency: 1.0 - 4.1

Writing Proficiency: 1.0 - 4.1

Overall Composite Proficiency:
1.0 - 4.7 

ACCESS Test Score

Overall Composite Proficiency: 
4.8 or higher

*New exit requirement

 

 
 

*The new exit requirement is retroactive to the 2016-17 school year 

Home Language Survey

Illinois requires school districts to collect a Home Language Survey for every new student. This survey is used to count the students whose families speak a language other than English at home. It also helps to identify the students who need to be assessed for English language proficiency.

Please click the links below to download the Home Language Survey in your preferred language.

Arabic English | Greek | Lithuanian Polish

Russian | Spanish | Tagalog | Ukrainian | Urdu

 

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