World Language/Extended Elementary Day
District 28's elementary school students will begin Spanish instruction in first grade starting in 2012-2013, as the District looks to provide the benefits of world language instruction to all students at an earlier age.
The School Board recently approved the recommendation to extend the elementary school student day by 40 minutes and to start Spanish instruction in first grade. Students currently begin Spanish instruction in fifth grade.
The School Board's approval of this recommendation follows months of intensive research and examination by the Commission on the Study of Learning Time, a dedicated group of teachers, parents, administrators, and Board
After the Commission members concluded their work, Superintendent Larry Hewitt compiled a review of the topics studied and provided additional relevant information. The report discusses the benefits of world language study and the history of this topic in our District, as well as the considerations made in developing the option to extend the day and add world language.
Please see the links below to read the document, "Time for World Language? Northbrook School District 28 Report on World Language and Learning Time," prepared for the Board of Education by Superintendent Larry Hewitt. The report was originally published on February 16, 2012, and was updated to include additional information on March 9, 2012.
The report includes Appendices A–H. Please click on the heading for each grouping of appendices to download these documents. The bullets below each heading are a description of the information found in these appendices.
"Time for World Language" Report
– Updated March 9, 2012
Appendices A and B
Appendices C and D
Partnership for 21st Century Skills – Framework for 21st Century Learning
District 28 ACE (Advisory Committee on Education) Foreign Language Study – Report of Recommendations
Appendices E through G
World Language Curriculum Mapping Task Force Process 2010-2012
American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Language – Benefits of World Language Study
Study – Learning Time in Area Districts
Commission on the Study of Learning Time (COTSOLT) Parent Letters
COTSOLT Staff Letters
COTSOLT Parent Survey Questions
COTSOLT Staff Survey Questions
2011 World Language Survey Results – Community/Staff/GBN Students
- COTSOLT Survey Results
- Parent Survey
- Staff Survey