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Growing Strong Learners: Cutler-Orosi Joint Unified School District

Cutler-Orosi Joint Unified School District is taking a multi-level approach to addressing the needs of their youngest English Learners.  Their first goal is to serve more students, and they’ve achieved this by expanding their Transitional Kindergarten (TK) program to include more 4 year-olds.  Secondly, they are working to engage parents through “Caregiver and Me” classes and the expansion of programs that build parent leadership in the district. Finally, data is collected and analyzed by Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) consisting of teachers and administrators.  These PLCs look at multiple measures of progress to ensure students are ready for Kindergarten.

Their goals include:

  • Expansion of TK to include more 4-year olds, thus creating more slots for 3-year olds in their Preschool program.
  • Engaging parents and families through “Caregiver and Me” classes.
  • Analyzing data through PLCs that look at multiple measures of progress to ensure Kindergarten readiness.

Snapshot of plans for year 2-3: Bilingual Outreach Aides will contact parents, inform them of classes and trainings, and encourage enrollment and attendance.  Staff will work to identify and implement a new, robust, research-based home visiting program that aligns with the Tulare County Office of Education’s home-based model.

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Building Brilliant Futures for English Learners

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The James B. McClatchy Foundation has been awarding grants to K-12 school districts in the Central Valley since 2009 with the primary purpose of advancing the academic achievement of the Valley’s English Learners.  In 2018, we launched our Growing Strong Learners initiative, which focuses on Pre-K and Dual Language Learners in the Central Valley.

It is our intention to set a different course for our Dual Language Learners: an asset-based approach to teaching and learning that prioritizes home language and culture, as well as English acquisition.  In this vein, The James B. McClatchy Foundation supports school systems and programs as they leverage the strengths of these diverse learners and their families.

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