Multilingual and World Language

Long-Range Goals

STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT: In five years, all students will meet or exceed their individual growth targets.

LEARNING ENVIRONMENT: Provide and implement common expectations for joyful and challenging learning across the district.

PROFESSIONAL ENVIRONMENT: Provide a mutually supportive professional environment that features collaboration, collegiality and strategic, impactful staff development.

PARTNERSHIPS: Hawthorn District 73 will have a districtwide community volunteer program to support student learning.

RESOURCES: Ensure a stable fiscal position that provides the required resources, personnel, facilities, programs, and technology to continually sustain Hawthorn District 73’s strategic mission and vision.

STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT: In five years, all students will meet or exceed their individual growth targets.

LEARNING ENVIRONMENT: Provide and implement common expectations for joyful and challenging learning across the district.

High Level Strategy #4

Provide support for Multilingual opportunities and World Language appreciation through the implementation of K-8 programs.

    • A full-time director of bilingual and language acquisition was appointed for the 2014-2015 school year.
    • We have visited and interviewed the Skokie ELL parent center and begun reaching out to neighboring districts in order to see if we can open a community center for our ELL parents and families.
    • A program evaluation of the School of Dual Language was conducted by the Center for Applied Linguistics, which has provided a detailed plan to support the continuous improvement of this program.
    • ELL and bilingual support positions have been added at the elementary level in order to better support the needs of our second language learners.
    • Self-contained bilingual programming continued into the third grade at Hawthorn Elementary North School and second grade at Aspen Elementary School.
    • A small team of teachers and administrators attended the La Cosecha Dual Language conference and are sharing strategies with their colleagues.
    • We have continued to enlist the support of the CPELL program (Loyola University) in providing us resources and professional development in the area of analyzing and utilizing data specific to second language learners.
    • Students in dual and advanced Spanish in the middle schools receive annually Hawthorn’s Pathways to Biliteracy Awards in order to recognize the value of bilingualism.
    • We have allocated additional English language arts, Spanish language arts and math resources for bilingual, ESL and dual language programs.
    • A group of Hawthorn administrators attended a summer institute at Harvard University focused on the raising achievement levels for all students while narrowing the gaps between groups by examining ways to increase teacher, student, parent and community engagement. Information from this institute will be shared with our administrative team and be included in school improvement programming.
    • A group of administrators and teachers attended a summer institute at Syracuse University (Schools of Promise) focused on inclusionary instructional practices.

    Mission Statement:

    Inspire all students to embrace learning in an ever changing world.