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Report
ESTUDIOS
Demonstration Schools
Lessons Learned
Adapted from presentations prepared by
Graciela Garcia Elementary
Jose Damian Elementary
Northline Elementary
ESTUDIOS Program
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– Enabling
– Students
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– Understand and
– Demonstrate the
– Importance of
– Outstanding
– Scholarship
ESTUDIOS Program
A Jacob K. Javits Grant designed
to merge the International
Baccalaureate Primary Years
Programme (PYP) with existing
dual language programs in Texas
ESTUDIOS Program
Through this grant the Texas
Education Agency (TEA) provided
financial, technical, and administrative
support to 3 Texas elementary schools
with dual language programs to
implement the PYP.
What is the Primary Years
Programme?
“The Primary Years Programme (PYP), for
students aged 3 to 12, focuses on the
development of the whole child, in the
classroom but also in the world outside,
through other environments where children
learn. It offers a framework that meets
children’s several needs: academic, social,
physical, emotional and cultural.”
For more information, visit the International
Baccalaureate Organization Web site at http://www.ibo.org
ESTUDIOS Program Goals
• Increased identification of
economically disadvantaged students
for gifted/talented services
• Increased identification of Hispanic
students for gifted/talented services
• Raising of self-expectations for
participating students
ESTUDIOS Program Goals
• School-wide educational reform
• Creation of innovative, classroombased teacher training opportunities
through:
• demonstration academies
• mentor system
• on-line teacher training access
ESTUDIOS Outcomes
Dual Language Instruction
+
Primary Years Programme
=
• Personal growth and academic
achievement for students
• Personal growth and effective
instructional strategies for teachers
• Exciting educational environments
for schools
ESTUDIOS Team
• Texas Education Agency
• Education Service Center Region XIII
• International Baccalaureate North
America
• Bilingual Mentors
• Participating Schools
• Evaluator
ESTUDIOS Schools
• Graciela Garcia Elementary
Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD
• Jose Damian Elementary
Canutillo ISD
• Northline Elementary
Houston ISD
Graciela Garcia Elementary
Two-Way and IB–PYP
Garcia is a 90/10 campus
• Students begin pre-K with majority of
instruction in Spanish.
• By 1st grade students receive language
arts instruction in both languages, math
in English, and science and social
studies in Spanish.
• By 3rd grade 50% of instruction is in
English (including science) and 50% is in
Spanish.
Graciela Garcia Elementary
Q. How Can We Get Our
Students to Learn All Subject
Areas in a Meaningful Way?
Graciela Garcia Elementary
A. We Need a Transdisciplinary
Program!
It’s equally important to acquire skills in context,
and to explore content that is relevant to children
and transcends the boundaries of the traditional
subjects.
Graciela Garcia Elementary
Integration of Program Initiatives
Grades 1-5
Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills
International Baccalaureate
Primary Years Program
• Interdisciplinary
• Concept Based
• Higher Level
• Internationalism
• PYP Profile
Graciela Garcia Elementary
Dual Language
TAKS
• Heterogeneous Grouping
• Cooperative Learning
• Developmentally
appropriate practices
• Holistic Strategies
What the Curriculum Offers
• The PYP is a curriculum
framework based on the
Inquiry Method of
instructional delivery.
• The research-based
components are best
practice for effective
schools and instructional
programs.
Graciela Garcia Elementary
What the Curriculum Offers
• The curriculum
represents the best
from many different
countries rather than
the exported national
system of any one.
Graciela Garcia Elementary
The PYP Promotes
International Mindedness
• This sharing of experiences increases the
children’s awareness of, and sensitivity to,
the experiences of others beyond the local or
national community.
• It is central to the programme and a critical
element in developing an international
perspective, which must begin with the ability
to consider the point of view of someone
else in the same class.
Graciela Garcia Elementary
International Mindedness
The PYP promotes
internationalism and
instruction in a
second language
which goes hand in
hand with our TwoWay Bilingual
Model.
Graciela Garcia Elementary
Jose Damian Elementary
Canutillo, Texas
Margartia Porras Grant, Principal • Socorro Lopez, PYP Coordinator • Heather
Atherton, Kindergarten Teacher • Diane Grado, Second Grade Teacher • Sylvia Parra
Munoz, Reading Specialist
Memorable PYP Experience
International School of Dundee Visit
Jose Damian Elementary
Challenges Implementing PYP
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Learning about the PYP
Getting everyone on board
Presenting to parents
Presenting to board members
Garnering administrative support
Aligning state and local curriculum
Managing school growth/split into two
schools
Jose Damian Elementary
Resultant Changes From PYP
• Planners became part of curriculum
• Second language was implemented
school-wide
• Students expanded their vocabularies
• Teachers made changes to their
teaching styles
Jose Damian Elementary
Northline Elementary
Journey to IB/PYP Authorization
Adapted from a presentation by Brian S. Doyle, Principal
Demographics
Economically Disadvantaged Students
Free Lunch
587
85%
Reduced Lunch
74
11%
Northline Elementary
Demographics
Ethnicities
Numbers
African American
26
Anglo
*
Hispanic
677
Nationalities Represented
México, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, and Perú
* Numbers not reported to comply with FERPA regulations.
Northline Elementary
Instructional Programs
Bilingual Spanish
301
43%
Dual Language
(English-Spanish)
151
21%
English
253
36%
Northline Elementary
Nationalities and Ethnicities
of Teachers
Nationalities/ethnicities
Numbers
U.S. African American
14
U.S. Hispanic
7
U.S. Anglo-American
9
Mexico/Hispanic
10
Central and South America/Hispanic:
Colombia, Peru, Brazil, Nicaragua, El
Salvador,
10
Caribbean (1-Cuba, 1-British Virgin Island)
2
Northline Elementary
Challenges of Implementing PYP
• Garnering complete staff buy-in
• Securing teacher planning time
• Making planners that are fully aligned
with the state mandated curriculum
• Accessing Jacob Javits/Estudios Grant
funds from district in a timely manner
• Obtaining parental support
Northline Elementary
Successes Implementing PYP
Implementation of the PYP resulted in
increases or improvements in the following
areas:
•State test scores
•NRT scores
•Teacher collaboration
•Student motivation
•Parental support
Northline Elementary
TAKS Scores Since Beginning PYP
Subject
Language
2005
2006
2007
English
61
63
70
Spanish
84
85
96
English
68
62
69
Spanish
80
81
85
English
93
97
91
Spanish
97
97
98
Reading
Math
Writing
Northline Elementary
Second Grade: Animal Adaptations
Planner
(Parental Involvement)
Northline Elementary
Northline Elementary

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