Focus school: American School of Bombay

Read about the American School of Bombay (ASB) and their journey implementing WIDA resources and assessments while celebrating student learning.

The American School of Bombay (ASB) exists within the culturally-rich, frenetic city of Mumbai and is a microcosm of diversity. For the last 40 years, ASB has been a cherished community for hundreds of families from India and around the world. Our community represents more than 30 languages and more than 40 nationalities.

We believe in:

  • Creating environments in which students feel that their languages and cultures are valued
  • Collaboration between teachers, administrators, students, and parents
  • Integration of content and language learning
  • An assets-based approach to instruction
  • Equity in opportunities and access to content
  • Language as a resource for making meaning, not a set of rules
  • Additive bilingualism/multilingualism – the belief that multilingualism is valued and appreciated, including the home language, rather than substituting English for another language
  • Explicit instruction of academic language across disciplines
  • A translanguaging pedagogy that conveys linguistic inclusion and enhances learning

At the heart of ASB’s English as an Additional Language (EAL) program is the belief in the value of diversity in our school community and in the world. Multilingualism is a resource to be honored and is inherent in the growth of dynamic identities. This language-focused approach helps educators to foster a shared responsibility for providing all of our students with a high-quality, equitable education. Our approach is strengths-based and collaborative, honoring the diverse ways of understanding the world and our place within it. At the beginning of the school year, the entire faculty engages in professional learning opportunities that highlight these language beliefs as we examine the four Big Ideas from the WIDA ELD Standards Framework, 2020 Edition, particularly in regard to equity in opportunities and access to content.

Read the full American School of Bombay profile.