Fort Worth Independent School District Principals learn Spanish with Sed de Saber

Fort Worth, TX – The Fort Worth Independent School District will launch the Sed de Saber Spanish for Everyone language program that will teach 80 principals and assistant principals Spanish.

Margaret Balandran, Director of the Bilingual/ESL program for the Fort Worth Independent School District supports the initiative for both academic and community outreach purposes. “As we began implementation of the Dual Language Program in 2007, I had principals asking me about ways to learn Spanish so they could continue to build their relationships with the students and parents at their school.” Said Balandran. “In an effort to help them and upon researching several models, Sed de Saber came forward as a method we could implement. This program will assist the principals in demonstrating that they value the language the students and community bring to our schools. We look forward to our partnership!

Sed de Saber offers a multi-sensory learning experience anytime, anywhere. The platform’s record-playback-and-compare feature provides the learner with the immediate feedback necessary to perfect word pronunciation. Personalized, live tutoring assistance via telephone also helps the learners and increases completion and success rates. The program is developed by Retention Education, Inc.

Educators know that parental involvement is critical to a child’s academic achievement”, said Bill Groux, Retention Education, Inc’s CEO and founder, “and with so many limited English proficient parents in the Fort Worth school district, the district and the participating educators are to be commended for taking such a proactive role in connecting to and communicating with their Spanish-speaking parents.”

The launch event details are as follows:

Date: October 9, 2008

Time: 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Location: Parrish Hall of St. Stephen Presbyterian Church, 2700 McPherson Avenue, Fort Worth,

About Retention Education, Inc.

Retention Education develops educational solutions that help Hispanic adults improve their work skills and their daily lives with its flagship product, Sed de Saber. Sed de Saber is currently teaching conversational English to more than 10,000 parents across school districts nationally.

About Fort Worth Independent School District

With nearly 80,000 students in 80 elementary schools, 24 middle schools and 6th grade centers, 13 high schools and 27 special campuses, Fort Worth ISD enjoys a diverse student population and strong community partnerships. Under the leadership of Superintendent Melody Johnson and the Board of Education, the District is undergoing a series of initiatives that will redesign, transform and revitalize Fort Worth ISD Schools.