School Planning

FPG Planning Team

The Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools solicited staff to serve on the Planning Team for the Frank Porter Graham Dual Language Magnet School. Interested staff submitted an application answering questions about leadership, experience, expertise in dual language and language learning, and an interest statement. Interviews take place in January 2013, and a team will be selected. The team will consist of:
  • 3 classroom teachers from PreK-1, grades 2-3, and grades 4-5 
  • 2 Institute For Learning Coaches
  • 1 Cultural Arts Teacher 
  • 1 Resource Teacher (gifted, special education, reading)
  • 1 Technology Specialist 
  • 1 Librarian
  • a classified employee (Teacher Assistant, clerical staff)
  • Other staff (Counselor, Family Specialist, Assistant Principal, etc) will be added later in the Winter of 2013
This group will form the initial leadership team of the school. Its members will make decisions about mission, vision, beliefs, program design, Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS), schedules, staffing patterns, etc. 

Update: The Planning Team has been selected. Read the press release | Watch a short video message from each member

Once selected, the team will begin its research phase and will review the following web resources as starting foundations for the school:
The FPG Planning Team will begin working in late January through the Summer. 

Parents and community partners will also be added in early Spring once the team creates a basic skeleton for the school. 

All ideas are welcome! Stay tuned for updates monthly!

Think Tank for Dual Language

A think tank was gathered to brainstorm ideas about the next steps for dual language at the elementary English-Spanish programs. The group consisted of members from CHCCS Dual Language Advisory Committee and several community representatives from local churches, organizations and universities. 

Jose Nambo provided the group with a history and initial purpose of the program. Elaine Watson-Grant, CHCCS’s World Language/Dual Language Coordinator, organized four small groups to focus on specific aspects of the Guiding Principles for Dual Language Instruction from the Center for Applied Linguistics. Each group reported on ideas related to staff quality & professional development, program structure, family & community and support & resources. These ideas will be shared with the Planning Team and used to make programmatic decisions. 

The think tank will reconvene in March so updates from the planning team can be shared with a broader audience to solicit feedback and ideas.