Language & Culture Department

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Welcome to the SFPS Language & Culture Department


The mission of the Language and Culture Department is to create an equitable educational environment that challenges each student to achieve his/her full potential, that ensures the development of human dignity, and that develops respect for individuals of all cultures and languages. Our goals are to provide inclusive education that incorporates the histories, languages, values, beliefs and perspectives of people from different cultural backgrounds, exceptionalities, gender, race and ethnicity.

Lisa Vigil  
Language & Culture Department Director

Dr. Suzanne Jacquez-Gorman
SFPS District EL Coach

Nancy Davis
Native American Student Services, Coordinator
Liliana Saenz
Administrative Assistant

As part of the implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the SFPS Language and Culture Department will serve as the lead for language, culture, and equity within the District.  The SFPS Language and Culture Department will serve as the contact on:

  • implementing state-funded Bilingual Multicultural Education Programs;
  • meeting Federal obligations to English Learners by providing English Learner Programs that support students in becoming proficient in English and achieving academically;
  • leveraging the Title III English Language Acquisition Sub-grant to maximize positive impact and outcomes for Immigrant students and students served in English Learner Programs;
  • effective World Language instruction;
  • the Seal of Bilingualism-Biliteracy on New Mexico Diploma of Excellence; and
  • Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Instruction.
  • The Language and Culture Bureau looks forward to continued collaboration as we work together to provide student-centered, equitable instruction that is culturally and linguistically responsive.



     SEPTEMBER 25, 2018

  • Last day to Screen, Notify, and File identified EL’s

  • Last day to notify parents of “Exited” EL status

           SEPTEMBER 30, 2018

  • 2018 - 2019 District Bilingual and Multicultural Education Program (BMEP) Annual Reporting Due



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