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The Roaring Fork Schools’ Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education (CLDE) Department collaborates and communicates with colleagues and families to provide equitable, consistent, and high-quality instruction and programming that empower Culturally and Linguistically Diverse students to achieve academic excellence, become active members of our community, and thrive in a changing world.


The department has staff on the following three teams with the common focus of biliteracy for all: 


See important CLDE information and resources below. 


English Language Development

The Roaring For Schools' approach to teaching English to emerging bilingual students includes for main elements: oracy, metalanguage, reading, and writing. Oracy and metalanguage are skills that students need in order to think, talk, and write about languages and complex topics. 


World and Heritage Languages 

The Roaring Fork Schools' goal is to ensure that students maintain their first language and add a second, including both native English speakers and native speakers of other languages. The world and heritage languages team is currently working to align their efforts K-12. 


Dual Language Education

Dual Language Education is an approach that serves all children--both emerging bilingual students and native English speakers. All students learn all content areas together in both languages. The three pillars of dual language education are: bilingualism and biliteracy; grade-level academic achievement; and cross-cultural competence. 



For more information, please contact Amy Fairbanks, Director of CLDE, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Strategic Plan & Performance

Learn about our Strategic Plan and see how we're doing. 

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