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MI MUNDO ES TU MUNDO

Eagle County’s Dual Language program teaches more than a second language Photography by Brent Bingham It was 1963, and immigration from Cuba was causing a dramatic demographic shift in Miami, Florida. As a result, Coral Way Elementary School instituted conversational Spanish instruction adding a dual language program to its curriculum for both English and Spanish speakers.  It was a national first.  Five years later, the Bilingual Education Act 1968 was passed, becoming the first federal legislation aimed at supporting bilingual students and English language learners (ELL).  And in 2001 the Eagle County school district was approached by some parents to introduce Dual Language education.  “At the time, many parents thought that teachers were spending too much time working trying to teach non-Englishspeaking kids. And it popped into my head that everybody needs to be bilingual. Not everybody has to speak just English,” says Bambi Forbes who, along with Joette Gilbert, […]

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Leading Learning Loving

There’s no doubt that Vail Christian High School (VCHS) encourages kids to let their lights shine, whether through rigorous academics, theatrical performing arts, sports, strong spirituality or all of the above. Leading through love, guiding with compassion and encouraging the best in every student are just some of the principles that faculty, staff and students embrace every day. Many schools talk quantitatively and VCHS boasts metrics that are impressive: a faculty that averages 18 years for tenure where more than 60 percent have advanced degrees (in same cases more than one), and a student body that routinely gets accepted into some of the best schools in the country. However, Steve O’Neil, head of school, believes that creating a successful student of each student. “The faculty has an insatiable appetite for learning, they are always improving. Love is central to the Christian identity, it goes beyond the instructional content,” O’Neil says. […]

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CMC at 50

When Colorado Mountain College’s President, Dr. Carrie Besnette Hauser, speaks of the institution which she leads, she brims with pride in its past and enthusiasm about its future. CMC’s founding is an inspiring story of communities coming together in the American West to provide an important resource for their children. Over the past fifty years CMC has grown to become one of the most highly ranked community colleges in the nation and now serves 20,000 students a year. It has, however, never strayed from the legacy of its grassroots beginnings. It all started, Dr. Hauser explains, in the early 1960s when David Delaplane, the new manager of the Glenwood Springs Chamber of Commerce, pulled a folder labeled “Education Committee” out of his filing cabinet. All it contained were the names of a few committee members. Delaplane, who was struck by the lack of local opportunities for higher education, began by […]