Informational Meetings 2015-2016
If you want your child in the DLI program, the District said that you will have to attend an informational meeting and fill out a form to show your interest for Spanish and enrollment for Chinese.
These are the future DLI Informational Meetings 2015-2016 for interested parents, all of them will take place at Central Services (970 N. Glenn Rd.):
12/1 – 12:00 p.m. (lunch provided, please RSVP to Beth Millay 253-3195)
– 12/1 – 6:00 p.m.
– 12/8 – 12:00 p.m. (lunch provided, please RSVP to Beth Millay 253-3195)
– 12/8 – 6:00 p.m.
– 12/15 – 6:00 p.m.
– 1/5/16 – 6:00 p.m. – 1/12/16 6:00 p.m.
Parents MUST attend a meeting in order for their child to be considered for the program. If you are unable to attend one of the scheduled meetings and are interested in enrolling your 2016-17 Kindergarten student in the DLI program, please contact Mr. Wilson or Mrs. DeWald and set up an appointment.
Central Services location: 970 N. Glenn Rd.
Opening the World’s Opportunities to Wyoming Students
Casper Dual Immersion Program – Parental Task Force
Imagine a Wyoming classroom of first graders having a conversation in Chinese. Imagine a Wyoming born and breed student giving a presentation entirely in Spanish. With both of these situations, imagine that these students’ test scores are at or above their English only peers. Are these two scenarios impossible for Wyoming’s children? Absolutely not! A group of parents, teachers, businesses and community members are striving to allow Casper families the option of enrolling their children in either a Spanish or Chinese dual immersion program.
The dual immersion philosophy is based on a young child’s openness and predisposition to learning language. For those families that choose to enroll them in a dual immersion program, the student would receive 50% of their instruction in English and 50% in a second language taught by a native speaker. Both teachers would work as a two person team to ensure that ALL subject material is presented clearly, understood and is mastered. The teacher who is teaching in English would incorporate appropriate reviews of the subject material taught in the second language. This is to ensure that all students are understanding the material and making progress needed to pass the annual standardized tests.
How do we know this can work? The successful model we are emulating is the State of Utah’s Dual Immersion Program. The idea was first conceived as an economic engine for attracting businesses to the state as well as preparing Utah’s students for the global economy. The State of Utah has over 10,000 students learning in a second language every year at 85 schools. The program offers four language immersion programs; Spanish, Chinese, French and Portuguese. Utah’s goal is to have its dual immersion high school freshman capable of taking and passing the AP language exam. Utah is providing their students with the opportunity to prepare for the global economy. Will Wyoming?
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