MIDLAND, Texas (KOSA) – The Midland Independent School District has been named Texas District of the Year for progress with its bilingual students. The school district is working with software called Summit K12 to help students learn English. Head of elementary school De Zavala said that teachers don’t just teach lessons, they model lessons.
“They use the program faithfully with the students and they even came up with some pretty interesting strategies to use it to encourage our bilingual students to really progress,” said Javier Aguilera, principal of De Zavala Primary School.
The executive director of student programs said they are working with students on their listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. From 2019 to 2021, MISD increased its English proficiency score by almost 20%.
“We are very happy with the progress they have made. It was not just my department, it was really the principals, teachers, students and parents who were helping our students to progress to the same level as they did, ”said Lety Amalla, Executive Director of student programs at MISD.
Amalla said it wasn’t about the price. It is about the progress that students make every day.
“The aim and objective of the bilingual program is to make our students fully bilingual, illiterate and bicultural. Being able to fit into the mainstream while retaining your heritage, ”said Amalla.
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