Osborn Elementary School

Roles of Parents & Staff

Role of Staff and Parents


 

Information on Staffing
All Two-Way Bilingual Immersion instructors are credentialed bilingual teachers with native-like fluency in Spanish. Resource teachers and instructional aides also provide support.

All teachers attend yearly bilingual and two way immersion conferences specifically geared to assist second-language instructors. These conferences give our teachers the opportunity to learn about the latest research on brain development and second-language acquisition techniques. Teachers also have a chance to look at the most recent resources available for second-language learners.

Parent Participation
Parent involvement is an integral part of any Two Way Immersion program because these programs are not only part of schools, they are also part of a bilingual community!

Parents are encouraged to volunteer in the classroom and at the school. They also are encouraged to work with their children on language skills at home. Monthly newsletters let parents know what thematic units will be taught in their child’s class, and include tips on how parents can reinforce these themes at home. The homework is always a reinforcement of the material covered in class, and instructions are sent home in both languages.

Meetings are held to help parents become knowledgeable about the second language acquisition process, and to teach them how to support a child’s second language abilities as they increase.

Websites to help Parents and Students at Home
Spanish-English Translator for children
Grammar Glossary
Spanish-English Dictionary and Thesaurus
Pronunciations and Interactive Activities
Audible Interactive Activities
Info, activities, Advice for Spanish speaking Parents and Educators
Spanish Basics (colors, #,...) for kids
Links to several Spanish websites for kids
Mexico for Children
Interactive House of Spanish

To learn more, please visit:
The Two-Way Immersion Toolkit
Teachers Talk about Their Professional Experiences