Nearly 550 students at the two high schools are now enrolled in ASL classes.
This “cross-collaboration” of learning between different grades and schools fits in with Lakota School officials’ overall strategy of expanding learning opportunities, said Superintendent Matt Miller.
“We encourage collaboration among our teachers and staff, whether that is within a grade level, a building or across the district,” said Miller.
The ASL programs at the two high schools are “taking collaboration to the next level and not only working together as colleagues, but also giving students a chance to work with others in this way is a great opportunity for our kids.”
There are six ASL instructors – three at each high school – now teaching the language skill.
Katie Nicol, who teaches ASL at Lakota West, said this type of collaboration is not new to the ASL Department, adding instructors work closely together to plan lessons and assessments.
“By working together, we find creativity and personalization is easier to accomplish,” said Nicol.
Lakota East sophomore Stephanie Brumant is taking ASL and said “I learned that people can sign things different ways, and it was cool to communicate with other people that know the language.”
“And it was good to know that other people could understand me too,” said Brumant.