Community United Elementary School (CUES), Oakland:
The team of six elementary-level Spanish Dual Language teachers are pursuing professional development in second language acquisition. This is a significant need, as their school is situated in a high poverty/high crime area with 50% of the student population labeled English Language Learners, and one third of their student population of African descent and learning Spanish as a second language. The team seeks to acquire a deep understanding of language acquisition mechanisms and strategies for success. Team members will become certified in Guided Language Acquisition Design (GLAD) and attend a GLAD conference, collaborate in curriculum design meetings, and receive additional training from the Bay Area Writing Project.