Maria H. Arambula-Ruiz
United Independent School District provides excellent programs and plans to better service our Bilingual students. Bilingual education in United I.S.D. is an educational approach that helps build knowledge and learning of academic subjects in the first language and English while instilling self-assurance, confidence and cultural pride in students (TEA, 2004). This approach is supported by research and literature on bilingual education and second language acquisition; studies indicate that literacy in the first language enhances literacy in the second language (Cummins, 1980). Furthermore, the state of Texas requires that every student who is identified as limited English proficient (LEP) be afforded a full opportunity to participate in a Bilingual/ESL Program. Parental permission is required; nonetheless, parents may deny services. If this is the case, the student will remain identified as limited English proficient until the student no longer qualifies for services but will be coded as a parent denial. Moreover, United I.S.D. and the Bilingual Department have identified the month of November as “Bilingual Education Awareness Month” (Since November 2013), because, “We are THANKFUL to know Two Languages” “Estamos AGRADECIDOS de saber Dos Idiomas.” During this month we encourage our campuses to provide awareness to the parents of our community about the importance of being Bilingual and the different programs and plans our District has to offer. Parents are invited to campus PTC meetings/Programs where bilingual students are acknowledged, and participate in events such as the DUAL Showcase which correlate with the cognitive, linguistic and affective domains. The bilingual department also recognizes the Bilingual students through the Bilingual Education Scholar Award (Since September 2016). Every month nominees are submitted to the department for achieving academic success, participating in extra-curricular activities, and/or providing community services; students are then selected, provided with a medal, and honored during a board meeting. This department also participates in the Annual Parent Summit where sessions are provided to the parents of bilingual students about how to better prepare their children for their academic careers. All in all,our goal here at United I.S.D. is to EDUCATE ALL students.
The Bilingual Department strives to enhance the development of bilingual, bicultural, and bi-literate students in an ever-evolving globally technological society, therefore, producing capable leaders for a better tomorrow. Additionally, the Bilingual Department collaborates with district and campus administrators, teachers, students, and parents to augment the knowledge base about best practices in bilingual education; this collaboration provides an effective multicultural environment and most importantly, set a standard of excellence achievable by all stakeholders.
|Veronica Brown||Compliance Coordinatorfirstname.lastname@example.org||(956) 473-2001|
|Sandra Higareda||Compliance Coordinatoremail@example.com||(956) 473-2113|
|Basilia Vela||Coordinatorfirstname.lastname@example.org||(956) 473-2002|
|Michele Garza||Coordinatoremail@example.com||(956) 473-2133|
|Ofilia Esquivel||Coordinatorfirstname.lastname@example.org||(956) 473-1818|
|Cynthia Lopez||Coordinatoremail@example.com||(956) 473-1816|
|Yadira Martinez||Coordinatorfirstname.lastname@example.org||(956) 473-2134|
|Dr. Julissa Liendo||Coordinatoremail@example.com||(956) 473-1815|
|Maria A. Dominguez||Coordinatorfirstname.lastname@example.org||(956) 473-2082|
|Guadalupe Aguiar||Coordinatoremail@example.com||(956) 473-1817|
|Claudia Dominguez||LPAC Specialistfirstname.lastname@example.org||(956) 473-2003|
|Hilda Knapp||Bilingual Clerkemail@example.com||(956) 473-2113|
|Monica Reyes||Bilingual Clerkfirstname.lastname@example.org||(956) 473-1814|