• Develop a plan for providing instruction in world languages in grades K-12 in the Bellingham School District.

Basis for Establishment:

  • New high school graduation requirements approved by the Board of Directors.
  • Requested by Superintendent and Approved by Board of Directors November 8, 2007.

Decision Making Process:

  • Consultative to the Superintendent and Board. We will be making recommendations regarding the K-12 world language curriculum offerings and program.
  • Consensus will be used for internal decisions during the on going work of the Task Force.
  • Input and feedback from students, parents, staff, and administrators will be formally solicited during the process. Community input will be solicited on the draft recommendations.

Plan of Work:

  • Review existing world language opportunities for students.
  • Review new graduation requirements.
  • Identify issues and research on language acquisition K-12.
  • Explore effective programs and practices.
  • Develop a plan/proposal to implement world language programs K-12, including staffing, curriculum, funding, professional development, public relations, and community interest in world languages.
  • Identify the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats to the initiative and the resources needed to implement the plan.
  • Draft proposed recommendations, including communication plan, and present for public review.
  • Revise recommendations and present to superintendent for review and board consideration.

Task Force Membership:

  • April Boyden
  • Sherrie Brown
  • Sean Cooper
  • Kristin Denham
  • Robin Gilster
  • Katie Gomez
  • Janae Hodge
  • Brend Holma
  • Mary Hooker
  • Bobbie Jaffe
  • Gail Knops
  • Stan Kreft
  • Lois Longwood
  • Rob McElroy
  • Deirdre O’Neill
  • Evan Ritchie
  • Betsy Rocks
  • Elizabeth Sanchez
  • Anita Sassen
  • Sabine Sloley
  • Sally Unger
  • Sharon Voth
  • Elizabeth Wright
  • Susan Zoller


  • Attend meetings, actively and appropriately participate in meetings, and review committee materials.
  • Abide by group norms for behavior, as described in application/letter of interest.
  • Do “homework,” as agreed to by group.
  • Develop and support final recommendations to superintendent/Board.
  • Develop a final report.


  • Board approval for Task Force – November 8, 2007
  • Accept applications for membership – closing November 22, 2007
  • Convene group for meetings 2x/month
  • Draft recommendations for public review in March
  • Present final recommendations to superintendent in April

Budget Implications:

Budget implications will include FTE, instructional resources, facility, and professional development.  These issues will be reviewed and presented as part of the plan for the multi-year implementation.


December 18, 2007 – Minutes

January 8, 2008 – Minutes

January 22, 2008 – Minutes

February 5, 2008 – Minutes

March 4, 2008 – Minutes

April 2, 2008 – Minutes

April 15, 2008 – Minutes

April 24, 2008 – Minutes

June 19, 2008 – Recommendations from K-12 World Language Task Force