These are full-time classroom positions. We follow the Teaching for Biliteracy Methodology - 90/10 model of instruction
The DeKalb CUSD 428 Bilingual Education Program Design is Developmental Bilingual Education (One-Way Dual Language). As such specific methodologies, language allocation and curricula are used at each grade level.
Our vision is to support all bilingual students to reach biliteracy and
obtain the academic competency necessary to meet the demands of
career and college readiness.
Nuestra visión es apoyar a todos los estudiantes bilingües a alcanzar la
lectoescritura bilingüe y obtener las competencias académicas necesarias para
satisfacer las demandas de la carrera y la preparación universitaria.
The Developmental Bilingual Education Program follows the methodology found in “Teaching for Biliteracy: Strengthening Bridges between Languages” written by Karen Beeman and Cheryl Urow. Bilingual Educators have participated in continuing education for implementing this methodology through thematic units of instruction which are aligned to the Common Core State Standards, WIDA English Language Development Standards, WIDA Spanish Language Arts Standards and Next Generation Science Standards.
Methods employed are specific for Teaching for Biliteracy. Key components include but are not limited to:
Maintaining a Multilingual Perspective
Seeing language learners as assets
Utilizing language such as ‘beginning’ rather than low
Recognizing the importance of maintaining and growing two or more languages
Capitalizing on Life Experiences and Diversity
Believing all students come with background knowledge
Drawing on the diversity within the classroom
Planning the Strategic Use of Two Languages
See Bilingual Units
Integrating language arts and content area instruction
Moving from concrete to abstract
Utilizing Language Resources, Linguistic Creativity, and Cultural Funds of Knowledge
Building Background Knowledge
Utilizing a multilingual perspective
Word Study and Fluency: The Dictado and Authentic Strategies
Spanish Word Walls
Dictados aligned to units
Specific instruction utilizing contrastive analysis of the two languages
Metalinguistic in nature
Utilizing the additional language to expand learning
The Developmental Bilingual Education Program follows a 90/10 language allocation model. Students in kindergarten spend 90% of their day in Spanish. Each grade level introduces more English until the language allocation in 4th grade maintains a 50/50 balance of English and Spanish.
Kindergarten - Third Grade - All core subjects taught in Spanish. English Language Development time includes the Bridge and Extension.
Middle School is self-contained for one period of Spanish language arts, one period of ESL, and one period of assisted studies. Science and Social Studies periods are co-taught with a content specialist.
There are a few ways to teach in this position:
Preferred: Professional Educator License with Bilingual Endorsement
Accepted: Bachelor's Degree with Educator License with Stipulations / Bilingual - This is an "emergency" license. Employees have 5 years to obtain their teaching license with bilingual endorsement.
Visiting International Teacher License.
Our Human Resources Department will work with you to help you with licensing! In addition, our district offers tuition waivers with Northern Illinois University. Don't have your endorsement? We'll help you get it through the waivers!
Additional Salary Information: Your years of experience and education are evaluated and salary is increased. Please see HR for more information.
Internal Number: 8735
About DeKalb CUSD 428
DeKalb School District is pleased to provide a variety of programming for students who are learning English and academic content at the same time.
The DeKalb Early Learning and Development Center offers Bilingual Preschool and ESL Services to its students. Our teachers serving English Learners have ESL Endorsements and utilize Total Physical Response to engage students in learning English. The Bilingual Preschool teaches students in Spanish and provides English Language Development time as well.
Cortland, Littlejohn, and Founders Elementary Schools offer Developmental Bilingual Education Programming. "The Developmental Bilingual Education program develops non-native English speaking students’ fluency and literacy in English and their native language. The program also helps students to succeed in academic subjects. The program emphasizes the development of full bilingualism. The classes count toward grade promotion and to become bilingual and biliterate (isbe.net)." The languages of this program are Spanish and English.
Jefferson Elementary offers Content ESL, Co-Teaching and Skills for Newcomers. There are a variety of language backgrounds served at this school. Native ...language support is given as needed.
Clinton Rosette Middle School and Huntley Middle School offers Spanish Language Arts, Content ESL, Co-Teaching, Skills for Newcomers and English Language Development Classes. Native Language support is given to students new to the country by Primary Language Tutors. See below for program description.
DeKalb High School offers a variety of Bilingual (Spanish) classes required for graduation as well as ESL.