above: first graders at a meeting of the Heritage Language program
Gordon's Heritage Language program, now in its seventh year, is for children in Young Kindergarten to fourth grade who speak Spanish at home.
For the school year that starts September 2021, Heritage Language will meet during the school day. To learn more about the program, reach out to Assistant Head for Teaching and Learning Alethea Dunham-Carson at firstname.lastname@example.org
Heritage Language aims to challenge the notion of one dominant language in order to give Latinos the opportunity to grow, hope, and dream in Spanish. Students communicate in Spanish language as well as draw connections to historical and contemporary social justice and resistance movements within their local and global communities. The active and experiential learning environment hopes to develop a sense of affinity and community by having children share their stories and cultural traditions of Gordon's Spanish-speaking community.
In 2018, two programs began for Middle School students who speak Spanish at home. Spanish Language Arts meets four days a week during class time, and Latinos Unidos is an informal affinity group that meets during the school day.