North Carolina Public Schools Give Families More Choices Than Ever :: WRAL.com
EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is Mary Ann Wolf’s âlast wordâ on the December 19, 2021 program on Education Matters: âBilingual Programs and School Choicesâ. Wolf is President and CEO of the North Carolina Public Schools Forum.
Did you know that North Carolina is a leader in global education? Our Global Commitments represent a unique statewide initiative that has been embraced by the Partnership for 21st Century Learning as a national framework to invest in the support and vision needed to prepare our students for a place. global work.
Students in our state thrive through opportunities in our public schools, like the two-language immersion programs that featured the latest Education Matters show at Gregory International School in Wilmington and Lakewood Elementary in Durham. .
The benefits for our students are numerous. As Jake Henry and James Hopkins mentioned, bilingual learners outperform their peers in reading, with better understanding of languages ââand problem-solving approaches.
A Rand Study (2017) showed that bilingual students outperformed their peers in reading on state tests in grades five and eight.
Having a global curriculum gives local students the opportunity to grow in a whole new way using language and culture, and helps students become better citizens in this community and the world.
Today there are over 170 bilingual / immersion programs available in North Carolina to teach languages ââsuch as Cherokee, Chinese, French, German, Greek, Japanese, Spanish, and Urdu.
Learning from different perspectives and cultures allows for a better understanding of the world around us and teaches empathy and social awareness, bringing people together.
Bilingual programs are just one of the many options available at our public schools.
Many school districts provide students with vocational and technical education options; hands-on learning in STEM-focused schools and programs; specialized programs focusing on music, dance or the visual arts; virtual and personalized learning through the public school system through the NC Virtual Academy; and options to accelerate learning in early secondary schools. And that’s just to name a few.
Districts in North Carolina may look to other districts, such as Cumberland County Schools, which publish a online public school choice guide for families, with Gaston County Schools and Guilford County Schools, to see what the possibilities are and how we might expand some of these options to ensure that students across the state have access to these rewarding alternative options.
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