Waltham receives grant to expand bilingual school

WALTHAM, MA – Waltham Public Schools has received an Alternative Education Programs for English Learners FY22 grant from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) to expand the dual-language school into 6th grade in Kennedy Middle School.

The grant has been submitted and will be managed by the Multilingual Department. The principal of the dual language school Rochelle Nwosu encourages students and families to participate in the process of extending the program to the intermediate grades.

“The mission of Dual Language Education K-8 at Waltham is to support students on their journey to becoming bilingual and bilingual in Spanish and English,” Nwosu said in a statement. “We strive to develop socially and culturally competent citizens who will contribute to our community and the world.”

Funding from this grant will support curriculum development for a Spanish language arts class and a social studies class and professional development workshops will be offered to Kennedy staff on dual development. language. The grant will also cover teaching materials in Spanish for the 2022-2023 school year, a short-term consultant, and a part-time bilingual assessment coordinator.

“This funding from MADESE will support a smooth transition of the dual-language program,” Kevin Gildea, principal of Kennedy Middle School, said in a statement. “We look forward to welcoming our sixth graders as full members of the Kennedy community.”

Sylvester L. Goldfarb