Arlington, VA, Nov. 10, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- It's no secret that learning a second language, building on communication skills and absorbing other cultures are important components of success today. In order to best prepare its students to compete in a global world, Missouri's Nixa Public Schools (NPS) is implementing a new world language program for all students grades 2-6 this fall. The school district has brought on renowned language learning provider Rosetta Stone (NYSE: RST) for this initiative after successfully completing a pilot program this past spring and summer that showed positive engagement and progress. The program will be implemented as part of the wider CONNECTED initiative and gives all students the opportunity to guide their own learning path by selecting from French, Spanish, Russian, Mandarin Chinese and German. CONNECTED, introduced last year in NPS, puts digital devices into the hands of every student and focuses on finding innovative ways to instruct. NPS is providing more than 6,200 devices in the fall semester for every K-12 student enrolled in NPS's 11 schools. All students in grades 2-6—approximately 2,300—will be able to access the Rosetta Stone program on their devices both in school and at home. "This student-centered program will provide rich opportunities to learn about other cultures and build on students' overall communications skills," said Dr. Kevin Kopp, Executive Director of Elementary Education at Nixa Public Schools. "Learning a second language is great for overall critical thinking and problem solving, which trickles into their other subjects. We're thrilled to be able to offer Rosetta Stone to our kids as it aligns nicely with our overall goal of getting students ready for the real world." The students will experience the world language program during break-out periods, similar to other elective programs, and will be facilitated by trained media aides. Students have access to the program at any time and will be able to extend their learning beyond the basic requirements as much as they'd like.