2014 Dr. Chavez Individual Award Presented to Mt. Pleasant ELL Director Saunders

CORNERSTONE PICDina Saunders from Mt. Pleasant CSD received the 2014 Dr. Chavez Individual Award. She was nominated by Superintendent, Dr. Mike Wells.

In his nomination he wrote, “When I think about Dan Chavez he stood for integrity and the advancement of children. Dina has been involved with ICLC for many years and has been a tireless champion for ELL children and their families. Dina trained all ELL staff in sheltered instruction this past summer, developed our districts LAU plan, and designed an adult English class which meets five days a week in the evening. Dina is the district ELL director and has assured all practices and procedures are followed by every employee. She has developed a system to discover student/parent needs and resources to solve the issues. Dina is now working with the University of Iowa to create “An Iowa ELL Literacy Program” that will be free to all schools. This program will define how literacy is taught, and will have a quality assessment system. Dina is a true champion for our second language learners and I highly recommend her for the Dan Chavez Award.”  She was presented the award on Wednesday, November 12 during the 2014 Iowa Culture and Language Conference in Coralville.

Congratulations to Dina on this accomplishment! If you are interested in nominating someone from your district for this award you will find more information on the Iowa Culture and Language Website at www.iowaclc.org.

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