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  • 1. FLES Foreign Language Elementary School
  • 2. What is FLES ?
    • Foreign Language Elementary School
    • Spanish expansion in the elementary schools through the elimination of early release Wednesday
  • 3. School Board Directive
    • To expand foreign language instruction in all elementary schools between 2006-2012
  • 4. Elementary School Nation-Wide Challenge
    • No Child Left Behind
      • Squeezing out Music, Art and PE
  • 5. Challenges within an Immersion Program
    • Sufficient time for Spanish Instruction
    • Three subjects in Spanish
      • Math
      • Science
      • Language Arts
    • Spanish Grammar
    • Teacher “Work” load (Volume)
  • 6. Claremont FLES Timeline Currently January December February March April May Express Interest in FLES
    • Develop Proposal
    • Establish a Committee
    • Design Master Schedule
    • Staff & Parent Input
    • Resolve Concerns
    • Present to Parents and Staff
    • Refine Master Schedule
    Submit FLES Recommendation to Asst. Supt. of Instruction FLES Approved Pending Sch. Bd. Budget
  • 7. Claremont FLES Goals
    • To improve the QUALITY of our Spanish Language Program:
      • Increase Spanish Instruction
      • Incorporate Spanish into Art and Music
      • Improve Spanish literacy by having more time for reading, writing, and grammar
      • Create a stronger foundation in Spanish as students move into middle school
  • 8.
      • Create a more culturally focused school
      • Connect this initiative with our exemplary project- SPARK
      • Provide more focused planning time for teachers (quality and quantity)
    Claremont FLES Goals (cont.)
    • To improve the QUALITY of our Spanish Language Program:
  • 9. How does FLES help achieve our goal?
    • Full day Wednesday = 135 minutes MORE of instructional time
    • Increase Spanish Instruction
    • Increase subject area expertise
    • Additional Staff (Spanish)
      • .8 Art (K, 2, 4)
      • .8 Music (1, 3, 5)
      • 2.5 Science
  • 10. Music and Art in Spanish
    • Kindergarten, 2 nd Grade, and 4 th Grade
      • Music in English
      • Art in Spanish
    • 1 st Grade, 3 rd Grade, and 5 th Grade
      • Music in Spanish
      • Art in English
  • 11. Weekly Curriculum Guidelines (In Minutes) *FLES Model provides grades 1-2 Science 45 X 4 =180 (gain 30 minutes) *FLES Model provides K Science 35 X 4 = 140 (loss of 10 minutes) *One Kindergarten Spanish Language Arts block will integrate Science ~ Totals account for only one 90 minute block for Art and Music in either Spanish or English 855~ 870~ 1005 600 Total 90 60 60-90 PE 90 K, 2, 4 90 1, 3, 5 60 60 Music 90 1, 3, 5 90 K, 2, 4 60 60 Art 180* 150 150 Science 225 225 225 Social Studies 300 300 300 Math 450 300* 600 150 600 Language Arts English Spanish English Spanish FLES Current Virginia Guidelines Curriculum K-2 nd
  • 12. Weekly Curriculum Guidelines (in Minutes)
    • * FLES Model provides grades 3-5 Science 45 X 4= 180 (45 minutes less)
    • One 45 minute Spanish Language Arts block will integrate Science
    • ~ Totals account for only one 90 minute block for Art and Music in either Spanish or English
    855~ 840~ 885 675 Total 90 90 60-90 PE 90 K, 2, 4 90 1, 3, 5 60 60 Music 90 1, 3, 5 90 K, 2, 4 60 60 Art 225* 225 225 Science 225 225 225 Social Studies 300 300 300 Math 450 225* 450 150 450 Language Arts English Spanish English Spanish FLES Current Virginia Guidelines Curriculum 3 rd -5 th
  • 13. Curriculum Guidelines Recess *45 minutes per week is GAINED from the elimination of early release 75 min morning break per week Recess 100 minutes per week 75 min morning break per week 100 minutes per week *125 minutes per week 80 minutes per week With FLES Current Lunch
  • 14. Teacher Planning Time 400+ 250-295 330 270 FLES Current State 3-5 State K-2
  • 15. 2 nd Grade Schedule Assumes Four Classes with 3.5 Science Teacher Core Instruction includes Math, Social Studies, Language Arts. Science is considered a special for the purpose of FLES. 90 minutes Core Instruction 1:10-2:41 45 minutes Specials2 12:25-1:10 45 minutes Specials1 11:35-12:20 20 minutes Lunch 11:10-11:30 25 minutes Recess 10:45-11:10 160 minutes Core Instruction 8:05-10:45 5 minutes Homeroom 8:00-8:05 Length Subject Time
  • 16. 2 nd Grade Schedule Assumes Four Classes utilizing 3.5 Science Teachers Sc4 P2 Sc4 Sc4 Sc4 Specials 2 P2 Asp2 M1 Asp2 M1 Specials 1 F Th W T M   TEACHER D Sc3 P1 Sc3 Sc3 Sc3 Specials 2 Asp2 M1 P1 M1 Asp2 Specials 1 F Th W T M   TEACHER B Asp2 M1 P1 M1 Asp2 Specials 2 Sc3 P1 Sc3 Sc3 Sc3 Specials 1 F Th W T M   TEACHER A Sc4 = Science4 (Spanish) Sc3 = Science3 (Spanish) Sc2 = Science2 (Spanish) Sc1 = Science1 (Spanish) P2 = PE2 (English) P1 = PE1 (English) Msp2 = Music2 (Spanish) M1 = Music1 (English) Asp2 = Art2 (Spanish) A1 = Art1 (English) P2 Asp2 M1 Asp2 M1 Specials 2 Sc4 P2 Sc4 Sc4 Sc4 Specials 1 F Th W T M   TEACHER C
  • 17. 2 nd Grade Schedule Assumes 4 th class combines with 3 classes utilizing 2.5 Science Teachers Core Instruction includes Math, Social Studies, Language Arts. Science is considered a special for the purpose of FLES. 145 minutes Core Instruction 12:15-2:41 20 minutes Lunch 11:55-12:15 25 minutes Recess 11:30-11:55 45 minutes Specials 2 10:40-11:25 45 minutes Specials 1 9:50-10:35 105 minutes Core Instruction 8:05-9:50 5 minutes Homeroom 8:00-8:05 Length Subject Time
  • 18. 2 nd Grade Schedule Assumes 4 th class combines with 3 classes utilizing 2.5 Science Teachers Sc2 Asp2 Sc2 Sc2 Sc2 Specials 2 P2 P2 M1 M1 Asp2 Specials 1 F Th W T M   TEACHER B + 1/3 D P2 P2 M1 Asp2 Asp2 Specials 2 Sc3 M1 Sc3 Sc3 Sc3 Specials 1 F Th W T M   TEACHER A + 1/3 D Sc3 = Science3 (Spanish) Sc2 = Science2 (Spanish) Sc1 = Science1 (Spanish) P2 = PE2 (English) P1 = PE1 (English) Msp2 = Music2 (Spanish) M1 = Music1 (English) Asp2 = Art2 (Spanish) A1 = Art1 (English) Sc3 M1 Sc3 Sc3 Sc3 Specials 2 P1 Asp2 P1 Asp2 M1 Specials 1 F Th W T M   TEACHER C + 1/3 D
  • 19. 5 th Grade Schedule Core Instruction includes Math, Social Studies, Language Arts. Science is considered a special for the purpose of FLES. 170 minutes   Core Instruction 11:50-2:41 20 minutes Lunch 11:30-11:50 25 minutes Recess 11:05-11:30 85 minutes   Core Instruction 9:40-11:05 45 minutes Specials 2 8:55-9:40 45 minutes Specials 1 8:05-8:50 5 minutes Homeroom 8:00-8:05 Length Subject Time
  • 20. 5th Grade Schedule Sc3 = Science3 (Spanish) Sc2 = Science2 (Spanish) Sc1 = Science1 (Spanish) P2 = PE2 (English) P1 = PE1 (English) Msp2 = Music2 (Spanish) M1 = Music1 (English) Asp2 = Art2 (Spanish) A1 = Art1 (English P1 Sc1 Sc1 Sc1 Sc1 Specials 2 A1 P1 Msp2 Msp2 A1 Specials 1 F Th W T M   TEACHER B A1 P1 Msp2 A1 P1 Specials 2 Msp2 Sc1 Sc1 Sc1 Sc1 Specials 1 F Th W T M   TEACHER A Msp2 A1 P1 Msp2 A1 Specials 2 P1 Sc3 Sc3 Sc3 Sc3 Specials 1 F Th W T M   TEACHER C
  • 21. Claremont FLES Goals
    • To improve the QUALITY of our Spanish Language Program:
      • Increase Spanish Instruction
      • Incorporate Spanish into Art and Music
      • Improve Spanish literacy by having more time for reading, writing, and grammar
      • Create a stronger foundation in Spanish as students move into middle school
  • 22.
      • Create a more culturally focused school
      • Connect this initiative with our exemplary project- SPARK
      • Provide more focused planning time for teachers
    Claremont FLES Goals (cont.)
    • To improve the QUALITY of our Spanish Language Program: