Celia Glick, principal of Austin’s Wooldridge Elementary School, has been named Director of Austin Independent School District’s new Dual Language Program. Ms. Glick’s appointment was approved by the Board of Trustees on January 25.
Four Austin elementary schools — Becker, Perez, Ridgetop, and Wooten — have been selected to participate in the District’s new Two-Way Dual Language pilot program in 2010-2011. Students in a Two-Way Dual Language program include native English speakers and native speakers of other languages. The program supports the teaching of content instruction in math, science, and social studies by optimizing the use of two languages, English and Spanish.
“Dual Language provides students with a strong academic focus in two languages, a respect for different cultures, and prepares students for college and a career in a globally competitive economy,” Ms. Glick said.
Participation by both Becker and Ridgetop is contingent on meeting the student recruitment needed to implement the program at each campus, and upon satisfactory responses to follow-up questions about facility adequacy and additional resources.
Ms. Glick has been an Austin principal since 2005. Prior to joining AISD, she was a teacher and administrator in Lubbock ISD for 30 years, where she implemented a Two-Way Dual Language Enrichment program.
She earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Texas Tech University in 1974, and a master’s degree in 1984, also from Texas Tech, in education with an emphasis in bilingual education. She is an active member of numerous educational associations, including the Austin, Texas, and National Associations for Bilingual Education.
AISD Superintendent Dr. Meria Carstarphen said research supporting the District’s move toward Dual Language includes:
• English Language Learners (ELLs) achieve the greatest long-term academic gains through participation in Dual Language.
• Dual Language is the only program for ELLs that definitively closes the achievement gap.
• Students in Dual Language do as well, or better, than students learning only in English on standardized tests given in English.
• Respect of multiple cultural heritages and languages leads to friendships that cross class and language boundaries.
• Dual Language increases the marketable skills of a student in a global society.
Additionally, Brentwood, Blanton, Oak Hill, Odom, and Travis Heights elementaries, which all submitted applications, will be considered for Year Two Dual Language programs, beginning in 2011-2012, along with any other campuses that choose to apply.
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