Common Core State Standards Implementation
The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) is pleased to announce the release of an updated edition of our Common Core Implementation Tools and Resources Guide. CCSSO developed this list of free tools and resources to point states, districts, and educators to promising ideas and tools to support the implementation of the Common Core State Standards.
Two-way Bilingual Education
The Primary focus under which the core of the school will fall will be under that of the Two-way Bilingual concept. ISB will provide instruction in the following five areas: communication, cultures, connection, comparisons and communities. Students will learn to communicate and perform academically in content subjects in French through listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Students will formulate and answer questions about the literary elements in French. Students will identify themes, ideas, or viewpoints on social behaviors and/or interactions of various cultures and will discuss these cultural differences as they participate in age-appropriate cultural activities. The goals of the concept will be:
The design of the program will be the implementation of the 50/50 model, which will make use of two teachers, one who will instruct in English and the other in French. Instruction will be conducted through not only conversation and direct instruction, but through role-playing, cooperative-learning groups, including native and non-native speakers of the language of instructions. Peer tutoring, use of thematic units hands-on activities, and graphic organizations will be utilized.
The International School of Broward will utilize assessment tests to determine the fluency of all its students. Currently, we are considering Riverside Publishing – This firm offers the Bilingual Verbal Ability Test. The BVAT provides a technically sound procedure for combining the person's knowledge in English and the native language, thus yielding a better estimate of his/her verbal ability. We will also use the assessment/evaluations from the French Ministry of Education to ensure that our students are performing at or above grade level in French. We are still conducting research on other programs as well that will assist us in placing the best program available for the students of the International School of Broward.
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Foreign Language Program
The primary focus of the Foreign Language Department is to expose students to other languages in addition to English and French. Students will learn to communicate orally and in writing in other languages and learn cultural differences.
Additionally, we invite the world to ISB via the Peace Corps Program: How do we bring the entire world to the ISB without ever leaving our backyard?
We can connect our classrooms with current and former Peace Corps Volunteers! The result? A vibrant exchange of ideas, stories, pictures, and artifacts that helps students in the classroom learn about the people, geography, environment, and culture of the world from volunteers living in other countries. (See PowerPoint presentation for more information on the Peace Corps Program).
ISB has purchased an educational software, called SkillsTutor from Houghton Mifflin, that provides online curriculum, differentiated instruction and intervention for the classroom. SkillsTutor will assess and prepare our students on State and National Standards. The SkillsTutor software offers the following: