Focus school: Pan American School of Bahia

Read about the Pan American School of Bahia and their journey implementing WIDA resources and assessments while celebrating student learning.

Amid the sleek modern buildings in its commercial center, the old-world architecture of its colonial past, and the emerald green waves crashing on sunny beaches, you will find our international Pan American School of Bahia (PASB). For more than 50 years, our school has offered educational opportunities to both its international community and the larger community of Salvador de Bahia, Brazil.

Most of our curriculum provides content-driven English language instruction while also offering courses in Portuguese and Brazilian social studies. Our youngest students start in our specialized Early Childhood Center and graduate with an International Baccalaureate diploma, and a United States high school diploma. The vast majority also achieve the Brazilian high school diploma. Most of our students are Brazilian whose home language is Portuguese. As they prepare for college, they develop academic language to a level that certifies them to enter top-tier, four-year universities in the U.S., Brazil, Canada and Europe.

The cheerful vibes shared throughout Brazil, also reverberate through our local and international faculty. This positive outlook naturally leads our teachers to view their students through a strengths-based perspective. Therefore, the WIDA Can Do Philosophy is a perfect fit. Why look at it any other way? This was a common refrain heard when introducing the WIDA ELD Standards Framework this past July. The can do approach is not only central to our student focus, but it is also a key component in our professional learning stance. Here is what one teacher said after a 3-day orientation:

“I could see that I already do SO MANY good moves while teaching a new language. During the training, I could see myself doing well in many different parts.”

Read the full Pan American School of Bahia profile.