WORLD LANGUAGE and LANGUAGE IMMERSION PROGRAMS IN CCUSD
Research says: Don't delay language learning! Children are naturally wired to acquire languages! Learning another language opens up new neuronal networks in the brain! In CCUSD, students begin that journey in kindergarten and can continue through high school with study in a 2nd and even a 3rd language. Families interested in the language immersion model can attend Desert Willow Elementary and Sonoran Trails Middle Schools for a well-articulated, partial, on-way Spanish immersion program.
The "State of Spanish Immersion Address" Screencast
For anyone interested in learning about how students in the Pk-8 grade Spanish Immersion program are evaluated. This 5 minute sscreencase covers the content highlights of the April 10, 2013 parent informational meeting at DWES.
For students, teachers and parents
Watch a 3.5 minute webinar (below) introducing the national proficiency levels used to measure second language learning while sharing the CCUSD "CAN DO" approach.
CCUSD World Language and Immersion Videos
The State of K-8 WL Programs I CAN Statements K-6
The Spanish Immersion Program (intro) Immersion: The PK-8th Grade Path to Proficiency
For more details on the CCUSD World Lanuage and Spanish Immersion K-12 Pathways, download the following attachments. With our K-12 articulated programs, students can start earning high school credit in middle school and can easily reach AP/IB levels at Cactus Shadows or start learning a 3rd language before graduation.
Cave Creek Unified School District:
World Language Programs
Thanks to a supportive Governing Board, Cave Creek Unified School District's World Language Programs are articulated from K-12 grades. CCUSD is the first district in the state of Arizona that has recognized the importance of making World Language courses daily, core classes. This forward-thinking, visionary decision puts CCUSD students in a position to be competitive with students across the world.
Presently, most countries across the globe require students to learn a second and even third language as they progress through the educational system. Not only does this requirement support the brain research that proves a second language develops critical thinking skills, but also gives our students a competitive edge as they transition to high-school, college/the military/the workforce, and citizenship in a global society.
(above) 2012-13 World Language Teachers at a CCUSD School Board Meeting.
(below) 2012-13 Guest Educators from China being introduced and welcomed at a CCUSD School Board Meeting.
21st Century Skills include a focus on communication. Communication in a global society is dependent on students learning at a minimum a second language. Children who develop a propensity for speaking a second language effectively wire their brains to learn and can adapt to many different languages.
How being bilingual can boost your brain power: NPR Article
Why it's smart to be bilingual: Newsweek Article
Two Must-See Videos
1) How can a world class education impact the future of the United States?
2) Are We Prepared for the Jobs of the FUTURE (from a language perspective?)
Leading the Way
CCUSD is a leading district in World Language Programming for Arizona...the 1st one-way Spanish Immersion program, a robust guest teacher program with China, Confucius Classroom Schools, Sister schools in France and China working on collabroative global projects, AP/IB Spanish, Golden Bell Awards, Magna Awards, A+ Exemplary Program Awards... These are just some of the innovative ways that CCUSD is preparing its students to participate in the 21st Century.
Click below for the powerpoint presented at the AZ State Language (AZLA) Conference in October 2011. Just one example of how CCUSD teachers are leaders in the field of language learning.