District 49’s Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education (CLDE) team supports the growth of every multilingual learner, so each student becomes academically and socially fluent. The CLDE program provides rigorous instruction to multilingual learners to develop their listening, speaking, reading and writing skills, so they achieve grade-level proficiency and become successful in the workforce and post-secondary environments. The Board of Education expects the entire district staff to take ownership in assuring our multilingual learners demonstrate language proficiency and ultimately improve in achievement. CLDE teachers and paraprofessionals empower each learner, through differentiated instruction, research-based instruction and assessments and 21st century skills. As a team committed to student success, the program leverages student and family assets in order to create productive citizens in a global society.