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Bilingual Multicultural Education

Bilingual EducationMilwaukee Public Schools (MPS) offers diverse learning opportunities that are available for all multilingual and multicultural learners. The cultural and linguistic diversity of the students we serve is one of our greatest assets. We strive to create quality learning environments that respect, reflect, and strengthen diversity.

Mission: The mission of the Department of Bilingual Multicultural Education is to provide equitable access to quality multilingual and multicultural programming in Milwaukee Public Schools.

Vision: MPS students graduate with strong cultural and linguistic identities, leveraging these assets to navigate college, career, and life as global citizens in an inclusive society. 

Benefits of Multilingualism

Bilingual Dual Language Program

The Bilingual Dual Language Program (one-way and two-way) in Milwaukee Public Schools prepares students to become literate in English and Spanish through the use of the Teaching for Biliteracy pedagogical framework (Beeman & Urow, 2013), which promotes and facilitates the development of two languages.

English as a Second Language (ESL) Program

ESL is a program of techniques, methodology, and special curriculum designed to teach English-language learner (ELL) students English-language skills, which may include listening, speaking, reading, writing, study skills, content vocabulary, and cultural orientation. ESL instruction is usually in English with little use of native language. MPS Quick Reference Guides are available on the English as a Second Language web page.

First Nations Studies

The purpose of the First Nations Studies program is to meet the unique educational and culturally related academic needs of our First Nations students in MPS so that these students can achieve at the same challenging state standards as all students.

International Newcomer Center

The MPS newcomer programs are specifically designed for recent immigrant students with limited English-language proficiency. The programs provide intensive instruction in a special academic environment.

Language Immersion

Immersion school programs offer core content taught in the foreign language all or part of the day. Students become functionally proficient, master subject content taught in the new language, and acquire an understanding of and appreciation for other cultures.

World Languages Program

The MPS World Languages Program prepares all students to be multilingual, culturally competent, respectful, and responsible citizens of an interconnected, more peaceful world.


Lau Compliance office: Staff members at the Lau Compliance office enroll children who speak any home language other than English and screen students for ESL services.

Quick View

We provide services to and support the following:

  • World languages classes in every high school
  • 4 language immersion schools (French, German, Italian, Spanish)
  • Approximately 9,900 English learner students speaking 90 distinct languages
  • 21 schools with bilingual dual language and ESL programming
  • 27 schools with ESL stand-alone programming
  • The District Multilingual/Multicultural Advisory Committee, which serves in an advisory capacity to Milwaukee Public Schools on language acquisition and culturally relevant programs


Curriculum Specialists:

Bilingual Dual Language Program

Rocío Trejo
Phone: 414-475-8565

English as a Second Language Program

Sarah Borges
Phone: 414-475-8732

World Languages/Language Immersion Program

Solmaris González Chico
Phone: 414-777-7827

Supervisor, First Nations Studies:

Richanda E. Kaquatosh
Phone: 414-902-7313

Lau Compliance Center for
Testing Placement and Identification Process:

Maria G. Barba, Secretary
Phone:  414-475-8525
Fax: 414-475-8430

Director, Department of Bilingual Multicultural Education:

Lorena Gueny
Phone: 414-475-8091

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