Department of English Language Learners and World Languages

  • Lin Brehmer, Chicago radio legend from WXRT, shares his appreciation for the hard work and dedication our Emergent Bilingual and World Languages staff have shown during Remote Learning for our students, families, and each other

  • Bilingual and EL Department Mission Statement:

    The Bilingual and EL program at Proviso Township High School District 209 is designed to ensure that all students achieve their academic and linguistic potential and to graduate with an emphasis on maximizing their potential for students to contribute in a multicultural, diverse global society.

    Declaración de Misión del Departamento Bilingüe y EL:

    El programa Bilingüe y EL en Proviso Township High School District 209 está diseñado para asegurar que todos los estudiantes logren su potencial académico y lingüístico y para graduarse con énfasis en maximizar su potencial para que los estudiantes contribuyan en una sociedad global multicultural y diversa.

    Bilingual and EL Philosophy and Program Model:

    Proviso Township High School District 209 has two programs models. One that fosters dual language growth for our newcomer students and the other to foster bilingualism for our American born students. The philosophy of the department is to foster an academic program that supports students individual Spanish and English language growth.

    Modelo de Filosofía y Programa Bilingüe y EL:

    Proviso Township High School District 209 tiene dos modelos de programas. Uno que fomenta el crecimiento del lenguaje dual para nuestros estudiantes recién llegados y el otro para fomentar el bilingüismo para nuestros estudiantes nacidos en Estados Unidos. La filosofía del departamento es fomentar un programa académico que apoye el crecimiento individual del idioma español e inglés de los estudiantes.


    Program Goals:

    Goal 1: Academic: Students will perform at or above grade level in all academic areas in both languages.

    Goal 2: Linguistic: Students will develop an individual approach towards proficiency in both English and Spanish.

    Goal 3: Cultural: All staff and students at Proviso Township High School District 209 will demonstrate positive cross-cultural attitudes and behaviors towards all students’ cultural backgrounds.

    Metas del programa:

    Meta 1: Académico: Los estudiantes rendirán al nivel de grado o superior en todas las áreas académicas en ambos idiomas.

    Meta 2: Lingüística: Los estudiantes desarrollarán un enfoque individual hacia la competencia tanto en inglés como en español.

    Meta 3: Cultural: Todo el personal y los estudiantes en Proviso Township High School District 209 demostrarán actitudes y conductas transculturales positivas hacia los antecedentes culturales de todos los estudiantes.

Dr. Jeremy Burnham

Phone: 708-338-5918


Degrees and Certifications:

BA Speech Communications University of Georgia, Master in Teaching Seattle University, Doctorate in Administration and Supervision Loyola University Certifications: Secondary Teaching with Endorsements in English as a Second Language, Social Studies, and English/Language Arts. Administrator and Superintendent certifications.

Dr. Jeremy Burnham

Dr. Jeremy Burnham attained his B.A. in Speech Communications from the University of Georgia.  Working with diverse learners fostered a desire to teach. He received his Masters in Secondary Education from Seattle University with an emphasis on English language learners. While working in Chicago, he earned his Doctor of Education from Loyola University of Chicago. Dr. Burnham continues to support ELs as the Manager of English Language Learners and World Languages for the Proviso Township High School District and as part of several Illinois committees.