In the Winter of 2019, we asked a team of K-12 teachers and principals what they want the PBL experience to be like for SLUSD's multilingual learners. This is what they said:
These statements represent a powerful vision of project based learning for multilingual learners in our district. In an effort to make this vision come true, we needed to dig into these two questions:
The team of educators we invited to redesign PBL projects with English Learners in mind took up these questions at our PBL Redesign Bootcamp. Below is a recap of their discussion.
Sometimes, more difficult questions emerge as part of thoughtful, academic discussion, questions such as:
Without missing a beat, our SLUSD educators leaned into these questions, and harnessed them to more thoughtfully and intentionally design projects that account for placement and removal of language scaffolds, that cultivate admiration for language acquisition, and that use best teaching practices to support language development in multiple disciplines.
These questions, and our collective work focusing on our Multilingual learners, sustain San Leandro Unified's practice of honoring and supporting the unique assets each of our learners bring to our schools.