In 2015, Adams 14 started a biliteracy program that was to serve as a model for advancing bilingual education in Colorado. However, less than 18 months later, the district can not even state what bilingual education will look like after the 3rd grade.
Interview with Superintendent Abrego at the start of his first year in September 2016. In the first forum with parents, some families voiced their concern that their children weren’t being given the opportunity to receive instruction in Spanish. Abrego made clear his view about the need to support students to “master English as quickly as possible”; however, he also promised to expand the number of biliteracy classrooms that were already in place at the time when he was hired as Superintendent.
Here you can read about the district’s decision to partner with an Arizona-based nonprofit, Beyond Textbooks, as a main component of the turnaround plan. The biliteracy program that the district had already introduced at the elementary level is also mentioned, as it was presented as part of the turnaround plan to the state board of education. The concerns we’ve heard from parents, teachers, and community members is that Beyond Textbooks is an English-only framework and does not provide guidance on the use of evidence-based education for Latino Spanish-speaking students, who represent 45% of the entire school population in Adams 14.
No more face to face parent-teacher conferences? Overview of the district’s decision to eliminate parent-teacher conferences and go with an online system instead. Parents and teachers have expressed frustration because the new online system is confusing and it’s not an effective way to communicate with teachers about students’ performance in school. Also begs question of those parents that may not have online capabilities.
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