Winter 2009 |
With a growing Hispanic population throughout the city, Omaha Public
Schools (OPS) saw a need for basic Spanish-language training for its teachers
and staff. Working with MCC´s Corporate Education & Training
Division, administration at OPS pursued the idea of Command Spanish®
Command Spanish provides occupational Spanish instruction that requires no
prior knowledge of the language. By using the program, teachers and staff at
the participating OPS schools can interact with Spanish-speaking students
and parents with basic words, frequent phrases and simple commands.
To cover the costs of the program, MCC applied for and received a grant
from the Sherwood Foundation. The grant allows for 200 OPS teachers and staff
to take the Command Spanish training. The initial offer to participate in the
program went to schools with a large Hispanic student population—primarily in
the South Omaha area. During the October/November session, 126 individuals
participated in the program offered in on-campus and online formats.
The initial success of the program and the continued and expanded interest
from OPS teachers and staff in service areas other than South Omaha are a
positive sign for the program. Another session runs in January/February, and
interest is already high. MCC plans on seeking additional grant funding to
meet OPS´s need.
"MCC´s Command Spanish Program has been an invaluable
opportunity for our staff at Chandler View. Spanish is the home language of
many of our students and families, and I believe they appreciate our interest
and effort as much as we have appreciated the opportunity."
- Gregory Eversoll
Principal, Chandler View Elementary