WORLD LANGUAGE and LANGUAGE IMMERSION PROGRAMS IN CCUSD
Research says: Don't delay language learning! Children are naturally wired to acquire languages! Learning another language opens up new neuronal networks in the brain! In CCUSD, students begin that journey in kindergarten and can continue through high school with study in a 2nd and even a 3rd language. CCUSD offers several programming options in languages, including Spanish Immersion K-12, Exploratory Spanish or Chinese K-6, and Daily Core Spanish, French and Chinese 7-12 (including AP/IB).
Former DWES Spanish Immersion Students Address the AZ Senate
Our own two students that started the immersion program at DWES in first grade had the opportunity to speak to the Education Committee of the Senate about their experience. Currently in 10th grade at our feeder Cactus Shadows HS, they shared that learning another language has not only made them fluent in Spanish, it has made them global citizens... more aware of things beyond our borders. Their career goals show that with Dominique wanting to work for the United Nations and Treyece interested in using his bilingual skills in the field of medicine. Neither has parents or anyone at home that speak Spanish. Needless to say, we are just so PROUD of our kiddos as they are helping change language education in AZ and will change the world!
CCUSD continues to have an amazing guest teacher program for languages...
Meet the new language and guest teachers for 2013-14!
Our guest and new language teachers bring 21st century skills to our students... in another language!
CCUSD World Language and Immersion Videos
The State of K-8 WL Programs I CAN Statements K-6
The Spanish Immersion Program (intro) Immersion: The PK-8th Grade Path to Proficiency
The "State of Spanish Immersion Address" Screencast
For anyone interested in learning about how students in the Pk-8 grade Spanish Immersion program are evaluated. This 5 minute sscreencase covers the content highlights of the April 10, 2013 parent informational meeting at DWES.
For students, teachers and parents
Watch a 3.5 minute webinar (below) introducing the national proficiency levels used to measure second language learning while sharing the CCUSD "CAN DO" approach.
For more details on the CCUSD World Lanuage and Spanish Immersion K-12 Pathways, download the following attachments. With our K-12 articulated programs, students can start earning high school credit in middle school and can easily reach AP/IB levels at Cactus Shadows or start learning a 3rd language before graduation.
21st Century Skills include a focus on communication. Communication in a global society is dependent on students learning at a minimum a second language. Children who develop a propensity for speaking a second language effectively wire their brains to learn and can adapt to many different languages.
How being bilingual can boost your brain power: NPR Article
Why it's smart to be bilingual: Newsweek Article
Two Must-See Videos
1) How can a world class education impact the future of the United States?
2) Are We Prepared for the Jobs of the FUTURE (from a language perspective?)
Cave Creek Unified School District:
World Language Programs
Thanks to a supportive Governing Board, Cave Creek Unified School District's World Language Programs are articulated from K-12 grades. CCUSD is the first district in the state of Arizona that has recognized the importance of making World Language courses daily, core classes. This forward-thinking, visionary decision puts CCUSD students in a position to be competitive with students across the world.
Presently, most countries across the globe require students to learn a second and even third language as they progress through the educational system. Not only does this requirement support the brain research that proves a second language develops critical thinking skills, but also gives our students a competitive edge as they transition to high-school, college/the military/the workforce, and citizenship in a global society.
(above) 2012-13 World Language Teachers at a CCUSD School Board Meeting.
(below) 2012-13 Guest Educators from China being introduced and welcomed at a CCUSD School Board Meeting.
Leading the Way
CCUSD is a leading district in World Language Programming for Arizona...the 1st one-way Spanish Immersion program, a robust guest teacher program with China, Confucius Classroom Schools, Sister schools in France and China working on collabroative global projects, AP/IB Spanish, Golden Bell Awards, Magna Awards, A+ Exemplary Program Awards... These are just some of the innovative ways that CCUSD is preparing its students to participate in the 21st Century.
Click below for the powerpoint presented at the AZ State Language (AZLA) Conference in October 2011. Just one example of how CCUSD teachers are leaders in the field of language learning.