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Growing Strong Learners: Robla Elementary School District

Robla Elementary School district and The James B. McClatchy Foundation have partnered to address the unique needs of their district’s diverse English Learner population. In order to align instruction with their K-6th grade counterparts, all preschool teachers will be trained in the same instructional strategies and programs used in the higher grades.  For example, preschool teachers are now trained in Guided Language Acquisition Design (GLAD), a program that has shown great success in Robla’s elementary schools. To engage parents, Robla has hired a Bilingual Community Outreach Assistant to help spread the word regarding all of the resources for parents provided by the preschool.

Their goals include

  • Increasing K-6th alignment by ensuring that all preschool teachers receive the same instructional strategies and programs used in the higher grades.  
  • Training preschool teachers in Guided Language Acquisition Design (GLAD), a program that has shown great success in Robla’s elementary schools.  
  • Increasing parent engagement fostered by a Bilingual Community Outreach Assistant to outreach resources to parents provided by the preschool.

Snapshot plans for years 2-3: The grant will partially fund a new School Readiness Coordinator, who will oversee data collection, analysis, and dissemination.  As such, Robla will grow their capacity for using data in-house, rather than hiring outside consultants.

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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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