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MDUSD seeks public input on draft English Learner Master Plan

By Theresa Harrington
Wednesday, January 25th, 2012 at 4:53 pm in Education.

The Mt. Diablo school district is drafting a master plan for English language learners, after a report showed the district was not adequately serving these students.

To help improve its programs, the board recently appointed Jeanne Duarte-Armas as Director of English Learner Services. She presented a PowerPoint about the draft plan at Monday’s board meeting.

According to Duarte’s presentation, the plan will serve as an operations guide for district staff. It is expected to define optimally effective programs and to ensure that they are appropriate for MDUSD students, consistent with board policies and responsive to student, parent and community needs.

So far, a committee has been working on the plan with Duarte. Now, the public gets a chance to weigh in, before the final draft is forwarded to the board for approval in April or May.

The public is invited to attend two public meetings to learn more about the plan:

9:30-11:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 26 or 3-5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 1 at the Willow Creek Center, 1026 Mohr Lane in Concord.

More information about the plan is available by calling 925-682-8000 ext. 4026 or by visiting http://www.mdusd.org/Departments/sass/Pages/elp.aspx.

The public can comment on the plan through an online survey by 3 p.m. Feb. 10.

During the board meeting, several community members who have participated on the committee praised the plan and the process for drafting it.

What do you think of the draft plan?

JAN. 27 UPDATE: I just spoke to Duarte-Armas, who told me she will present the same board PowerPoint to the Parent Advisory Council at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the district office, 1936 Carlotta Drive in Concord, which is open to the public. She stressed that it is best to give feedback via the online survey, but said she is also able to take some general comments at the meetings.

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  • Doctor J

    Unfortunate that both meetings are held during normal “working” hours limiting the attendence to those who “don’t work” contrary to long standing district practice of holding public meetings during the evenings when more people are available. Which district genius dreamed up daytime meetings ?

  • Theresa Harrington

    I have just posted an update stating that Duarte-Armas will present the board PowerPoint to the Parent Advisory Council on Wednesday.

  • Theresa Harrington

    Reminder that the deadline to give feedback on the district’s draft English Learner Master Plan is 3 p.m. Friday: http://www.contracostatimes.com/ci_19930484