Another school heard from
Nuestro Mundo would like to respond to the recent Isthmus article on dual language at Leopold Elementary ("Leopold Does It Bilingually," 6/12/09).
Nuestro Mundo is the first dual-language school in the Madison school district, and it supports the district's dual-language expansion. The school is about more than achieving academic competence in two languages. Its mission is developing democratic decision making, child-centered, community-based multicultural (social justice) curriculum, creating global citizens, empowering Latino leadership and expanding multilingual and multicultural educational experiences to the Madison community.
This is particularly relevant now, as the district is discussing its strategic plan, which prioritizes community collaborations, culturally relevant curriculum, attaining outside financial resources and meaningful parent involvement. Nuestro Mundo integrates all those components.
Bryan Grau, board member and founder, Nuestro Mundo Inc.
While Leopold Elementary is indeed starting a dual-language immersion program this year, this program is certainly not a first in Madison.
Nuestro Mundo Community School (currently in its fifth year) is that school. While its charter status has allowed it to foster innovation and pave the way for the district's latest move towards expanded programming, it has always been a Madison public school.
Treatment part of deal
I would like to add a footnote to the article that Terry McCoy wrote about my son, Geoffrey Oyler ("Class Con," 6/12/09). He left out a vital piece of information about Geoffrey's efforts to "conquer his insecurities, failings and addictions" - that Geoffrey will spend up to 120 days at an AODA treatment center when he is released from prison.