The Natrona County School District in Wyoming seems to be moving closer to bilingual education: parents and teachers have shown ample approval of the idea of having students learning a second language during a portion of the day, in dual language immersion classrooms. This reform has been initiated by the Wyoming Dual Language Immersion Steering Committee at the beginning of this year, which is now in the process of getting approved by the government after evaluating whether it is economically viable. A decision should be reached on April 8, 2013.
Administrators, teachers and parents have been researching on bilingual education recently: They travelled to Utah, which is ahead in this movement in the country, alleviating their fears after they saw examples of dual language immersion classrooms there. Natrona County teachers saw how those in Utah taught the same level of Math that they were, only in a foreign language. This fear of harming students’ development in other areas due to a focus on language learning is a common one shared by many parents and educators. These examples of successful bilingual classroom systems being put into action help motivate others to follow, overcoming many of their long-held fears and preconceptions.