Travel Abroad 2019 – Spain

The Travel Abroad 2019 destination was Spain – Madrid, Sevilla, & Granada. It was an action-packed adventure which featured a variety of Spanish culture, language dialects, architecture, and tours. Some of the highlights included:

Tour of the Royal Palace in Madrid

Olive farm visit & olive oil tasting

Moorish Tea service & sweets

Visit to Alhambra Palace and GeneraLife Gardens


Bookstore tour in the Literary neighborhood of Madrid (a la Cervantes)

Flamenco performance and dance lesson


Vino & Tapas


Prado Art Museum

Dancing and Spanish guitars

And more!


This unforgettable travel abroad experience to Spain was filled with language, cultures, camaraderie and fun times. For more information and pictures follow us on Facebook – Dual Language Teacher Leadership.

My Reason: A Poem that Reveals Why We Do This

At the 2019 Chicago DLTL Award Ceremony, Judith Arroyo shared an original poem that provided an intimate look into the reasons behind her decision to pursue a graduate degree and become an advocate for bilingualism, biculturalism and biliteracy. Judith presented her work in both Spanish and English, and is a graduate of the 2019 Chicago Cohort.

My reason

by Judith Arroyo

I do it to honor the effort my parents made in coming to a new country.

For all the times I heard it was too difficult, sometimes in my own mind.

My education is not only my success.

This is for every pair of  little eyes that see me and say – if she could do it, I can too.

This is for everyone who follows my footsteps.

I want to pave the way for success for my family members and to have them learn from my mistakes.

I do it to represent every Latino who has been discriminated against for speaking broken English because some don’t understand the value of knowing more than one language.

I do it to declare “de aqui somos y de aquí no nos vamos”. We belong here.

We are the educators that this country needs.

To teach these bright minds to choose love instead of hate, intelligence instead of ignorance and compassion instead of hatred.

That their minds are so bright that they can think, speak, read in two languages.

I want to give my students the best version of me.

That when I stand in front of them, I can appreciate their culture and differences.

I want to empower them, that  one day they understand that they have a voice.

That they understand the power of knowing who they are and where they come from.

That they understand the value of being bilingual, bicultural and biliterate.

This is why I do what I do and I wouldn’t change this experience for anything.


Mi Razon

por Judith Arroyo

Lo hago para honrar el esfuerzo que mis padres hicieron en venir a un nuevo país.

Por todas las veces que escuche decir que era muy difícil, a veces en mi propia mente.

Mi educación no solo es mi éxito.

Esto es para todo, par de ojitos que me ven y dicen –si ella lo pudo hacer, yo tambien.

Esto es para todos los que me siguen.

Quiero allanar el camino al éxito para los miembros de mi familia y que aprendan de mis errores.

Lo hago para representar a todo latino que ha sido discriminado por hablar el inglés mocho porque algunos no entiende el valor de saber más de un idioma.

Lo hago para declarar que de aquí somos y de aquí no nos vamos.

Somos los educadores que este país necesita.

Para enseñarles a estas mentes brillosas que hay que escoger el amor en vez del odio, la inteligencia en vez de la ignorancia y la compasión en vez de la antipatía.

Que sus mentes son tan brillantes que pueden pensar, hablar, leer en dos idiomas.

Le quiero dar a mis estudiantes la mejor versión de mi.

Que cuando me pare frente a ellos, pueda apreciar su cultura y diferencias.

Quiero empoderarlos a que un dia entiendan que tienen una voz.

Que entiendan el poder de saber quienes son y de dónde vienen.

Que entiendan el valor de ser bilingües y  biculturales.

Estas son las razones porque hago lo que hago, Y no lo cambiaría por nada del mundo.

5th grade teaching position – Dual Language Job Posting

Position Type:
Elementary School Teaching
Date Posted:
Oak Terrace School
(High-Needs School)
Date Available:
2019-2020 school year
Closing Date:


Mission Statement

The mission of North Shore School District 112, a community partnership committed to a world-class education, is to nurture every child to become an inspired learner, a well-rounded individual and contributing member of a global community by striving for excellence within an environment that fosters innovation, respect, engagement and intellectual inquiry.

Description:  Dual Language Program Teacher plans and implements lessons in accordance with the District Standards, English Language Proficiency Standards, North Shore School District Dual Language Program curriculum allocation model.   Implements and utilizes student assessment data to guide instructional decisions. Collaborates with all staff to meet the needs of diverse learners.  Serves as a second language consultant to school staff by maintaining a high knowledge base of the latest research, laws, and most effective practices in the field.  Participates in school improvement initiatives. Informs parents and students of academic and behavioral progress, concerns, and long-range expectations related to second language acquisition.  Serves as liaison between English Language Learners, his/her family and the school, especially with respect to cultural and language differences, and provides cross cultural information to all parties that foster positive relationships. 

Job Summary:  This position is the English language portion of the 50/50 Dual Language Program. The teacher in the Dual Language Program ensures each student will think critically, communicate efficiently using the four language domains in Spanish and English, understand cultural heritage and diversity.  Essential Functions:  1. Provide core instruction using English language and resources for designated subjects; provide core instruction using English language and resources for designated subjects. 2. Provide an appropriate educational program for each student in conjunction with the goals of the District Strategic Plan.  3. Demonstrate appropriate planning and the use of a variety of instructional techniques and strategies aimed at content including minority and majority language literacy development. 4. Work with a team to develop effective interventions, and curriculum. 5. Collaborate with dual language grade level or district dual language team. 6. Maintain accurate files for each student enrolled with academic progress and objectives.  7. Communicates effectively with students, parents, colleagues and community.  8. Establishes good rapport with students, parents, colleagues and community.  9. Interacts with students, parents, colleagues and community in a mutually respectful manner.  10. Expresses interest and enthusiasm for teaching and learning.  11. Demonstrates empathy, fairness and consistency.  12. Serves as a positive role model for students and colleagues.  13. Shows a sense of humor as appropriate. 14. Demonstrates flexibility and cooperation.  15. Demonstrates appropriate voice, diction and language usage.  16. Demonstrates appropriate listening skills.  17. Maintains a positive and pleasant attitude.  18. Maintains a professional demeanor.  19. Develops supportive and collegial relationships.


  • Valid Illinois teaching license with proper endorsement(s)- must have an Elementary and an ESL approval/endorsement
  • Bilingual (Spanish/English) preferred
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to serve as a positive role model of good character for children
  • Interest in and enthusiasm for the position and education in general
  • Appreciation of cultural diversity
  • Ability to effectively incorporate instructional technology

Working Conditions:
Per NSEA salary schedule for the 2019-2020 school year, Excellent benefits, Retirement Pension Service (TRS) Credit, paid sick, personal, bereavement leave, and other benefits.

Application Procedure:
Apply on line by completing the on line application and uploading support materials. PLEASE NO PHONE CALLS.

Selection Procedure:
The principal will review on line applications and supporting materials and the principal will call individuals in for interviews. After initial interviews, candidates meet with the Deputy Superintendent who may recommend the individual for hire by the Board of Education.

The North Shore School District is an Equal Opportunity Employer