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Cornelius, Tom McCall gain federal spotlight for language instruction

U.S. Department of Education officials to visit a pair of campuses this fall and include them in 'promising programs' lessons

The Forest Grove School District has again found itself in the spotlight as a purveyor of educational programming that's caught the attention of the U.S. Department of Education.

Two years ago, John White, the department's deputy assistant secretary of rural outreach, traveled to Forest Grove High to chronicle its accomplishments as an exceptional 'turnaround' school. White and his videographers interviewed teachers, students, parents and administrators and turned their efforts into fodder for the USDE's website, www.ed.gov.

This time around - perhaps as early as next week - federal officials and Jodi Crandall, a professor emerita of language, literacy and culture at the University of Maryland, will visit Cornelius Elementary School and Tom McCall Upper Elementary School to archive their achievements in teaching second language learners. The visit is part of a study entitled 'Language Instruction Educational Programs (LIEPs): Lessons from the Research and Profiles of Promising Programs.'

The visitors will observe classrooms and after-school activities, and talk with teachers and families.

Assistant Superintendent John O'Neill said last week the district was honored by the national recognition. 'Kudos to the hard work our teachers and staff put in every day [to meet] the needs of our students and their families,' he said.