Posted: January 23, 2018

Alamosa Recognized for Bilingual Education

The elementary school was honored at the state Legislature on Friday, Jan. 26.

The New Mexico Public Education Department recognized Alamosa Elementary School at the state Legislature on Friday, Jan. 26, for its effective bilingual multicultural education programs. The school was selected for the Bilingual Multicultural Education Program Recognition Award.

Alamosa Elementary is situated in the southwest quadrant of the city of Albuquerque. Since Dr. Ulrike Kerstges became principal in 2015, she has supported our community by nurturing our school’s dual language strand in a number of ways.

  • A few of the factors contributing to the growth and success of its dual language program include:
  • hiring highly qualified bilingual educators
  • providing professional development opportunities based on best teaching practices and sound research
  • forging relationships in the community such as coordinating with the Partnership for Community Action to bring the early childhood school readiness and parent engagement curriculum Abriendo Puertas/Opening Doors into our school’s ecosystem of resources.

The Alamosa bilingual team is dedicated to empowering students through meaningful, in-depth learning in both English and Spanish. The program promotes positive self-identity, respect for cultural diversity, and provides a strong foundation in language and academics. It strives to provide a high-quality education leading to authentic, long-lasting success.

When visitors walk through Alamosa’s school doors, the warm, supportive and positive learning environment is palpable. Students are happy and engaged and teachers have great rapport with their students. There is a sense of well-being, belonging, and family spirit!

For the past three years, Alamosa has been focusing on coherent program design, data-driven instruction, and family involvement. These qualitative programmatic markers are backed by quantitative growth and success as well. According to the Spanish LAS Links data from 2015-2016, Alamosa demonstrated 14% proficiency and it increased to 33% proficiency in the 2016-17 SY. This data indicates a 19% growth in home/native language instruction. The district’s ACCESS proficiency levels for the 2016-2017 SY demonstrated Alamosa “has a higher percentage of EL students scoring a Level 3 and above” when compared “to district-wide proficiency.”

Alamosa bilingual team members include Minerva Tiller, Saira Gurrola, Helen García-Chávez, Stephanie Lozoya, María Elena Orozco, Ana López, Yadira Rivera and our parent liaison Sandra Estrada Castañón.

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