Tustin, California (PRWEB) September 27, 2011
The Orange County Bilingual Academy Charter School will have a hearing at the Tustin Unified School District on October 10th at 6:30 pm. to 7:00 p.m. at 300 C Street in the Tustin School Board Meeting room. The goal is to seek approval for a K-5th Charter School starting in the fall of 2012. Dr. Steven Brownson, the executive director, proposes forming a dual language program including Spanish-English and Mandarin-English with an emphasis on the visual-performing arts. A strong emphasis will be placed on using the multiple intelligences as well as the right and left brain functions to build their language skills. The goal will be for all students to be proficient in academic reading and writing in both the Language Arts and the World Language Standards each year until they gain full proficiency by 2016 in the 5th grade.
Programming extras for the site include free piano instruction for the first year as well as an in-house artist. In addition, the OCBA Charter School formed partnerships with universities such as National University, Chapman, and CSULA for professional development and collaborative programming. The afterschool programs will allow students to reinforce their existing languages or to expand towards a third language in order to be trilingual. In addition, Dr. Mims-Cox and Dr. Amador-Watson have been providing feedback and advice on the format and function of the dual language programming.
The highly qualified Spanish and Mandarin teachers developed a very detailed sample unit for each language connected to one of the content areas. Two teachers in the program have a double Masters while two others are enrolled in a Master Program. The OCBA will also strongly encourage National Board Certification. Another goal is to adhere to the Common Core Standards in respects to the depth and complexity of the subject matter. Furthermore, each day the students will study in specialized academic reading and writing lessons for 30 to 45 minutes per day. The OCBA petition report emerged after an extensive study of other California Dual Language Immersion Programs as well as language acquisition theory. Dr. Brownson is a national board certified teacher in English as a New Language who also worked as a bilingual educator and as a professor at several universities training over 5,000 teachers since 1994.
The public and proponents of bilingual education are strongly urged to call Greg Franklin the Superintendent of Tustin and Lynn Davis the school board President at 714 730 7301. Your support by phone or email is vital towards the schools success. Call for information at 949 228 1966 or email the OCBA at ocbilingualacademy(at)cox(dot)net. Our website is Orangecountybilingualacademycharterschool.org. The Facebook page is OrangeCountyBilingual Academy. Follow us on Twitter at OCBASchool.
By Dr. Steven Brownson, Executive Director