• Multilingual education in district 65

    picture of students Welcome (Kaabo, Bienvenu, स्वागत हे, Karibu, Witamy) to D65! We have over 80 languages in D65. We have changed the name of our department from the Bilingual Department to the Multilingual Department, to value each and every language in our district and to acknowledge that students and families may speak a variety of languages within their households. Since Spanish is spoken by the highest number of students, it is the partner language in the TWI program. Other languages, equally important, are across the entire district.  


    Evanston/Skokie School District 65 Emergent Bilingual (EB) programs embrace rigorous academic practices that develop high levels of linguistic and academic proficiency in English and, depending on the program model, the Spanish language while simultaneously fostering positive sociocultural attitudes and behaviors.


    In keeping with Evanston/Skokie School District 65’s commitments to Culturally Relevant Teaching and Equity, the Emergent Bilingual programs aim to work together as a community, inspire creativity and prepare each student to achieve academically, grow personally and contribute positively to a global society by becoming fully English-speaking and/or bilingual, biliterate and bicultural.


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    Program Models 

    The Multilingual department has two programs for Emergent Bilinguals (EB), also known as English Language Learners (ELLs); Transitional Program of Instruction (TPI), and Transitional Bilingual Education (TBE). In recent years, the term Emergent Bilingual (EB) provides a more positive view of how students are seen as having the potential to develop bilingualism. The State of Illinois requires that the TBE programs offer some instruction in the native language such as language arts, math, science or social studies. In District 65, we provide a program model of Dual Language - Two-Way Immersion (TWI) for students in kindergarten through fifth grade in six of our school buildings. In the three stand-alone middle schools (Chute, Haven, and Nichols), we use the TBE model in providing Spanish for Spanish-speakers which is a language arts course for former TWI students and any native Spanish-speaking student. There are bilingual co-teachers available to support the TBEs in Spanish during core classes. D65 uses the TPI program, and the English as a Second Language (ESL) in fourteen of our schools with differentiated instruction that includes both push-in (co-teacher) and pull-out for deliberate language instruction for students.


    Transitional Bilingual Programs (TBE)

    Transition Program of Instruction (TPI)

    Dual Language (TWI)



    Middle School (SSS)

    ESL Instruction

    Dawes Elementary (Grades K-5)

    JEH Early Childhood Center

    Chute Middle School (Grades 6-8)

    Chute Middle School (Grades 6-8)

    Dewey Elementary (Grades K-5)


    Haven Middle School (Grades 6-8)

    Dawes Elementary (Grades K-5)

    Oakton Elementary (Grades K-5)


    Nichols Middle School (Grades 6-8)

    Dewey Elementary (Grades K-5)

    Dr. Bessie Rhodes School of Global Studies (Grades K-3)


    Haven Middle School (Grades 6-8)

    Washington Elementary (Grades K-5)


    JEH Early Childhood Center

    Willard Elementary(Grades K-5)


    Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Literary and Fine Arts School (Grades K-8)


    Lincoln Elementary (Grades K-5)


    Lincolnwood Elementary (Grades K-5)


    Nichols Middle School (Grades 6-8)


    Oakton Elementary (Grades K-5)


    Orrington Elementary (Grades K-5)

          Park School
          Dr. Bessie Rhodes School of Global Studies (Grades 4-8)
          Walker Elementary (Grades K-5)


    Contact Us

    Amy Correa, Bilingual and ESL Program Director

    (847) 859-8104         correaa@district65.net

    Andrea Macksood, Bilingual Content Facilitator


    Charlise Berkel, Bilingual Content Facilitator 


    Manuel Aleman, District Translator

    (847) 859-8108        alemanj@district65.net 

    Amada Zamudio, Bilingual Department Secretary
    (847) 859-8106         zamudioa@district65.net