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June 20, 2018
Rise & Shine: Penalties for schools that teach two languages at once
Good morning! As the clock ticks down on a school year that, for many Detroit children, will end tomorrow, we’ve been spending some…
Speak my language
May 3, 2018
New York City to add almost 50 bilingual programs, the latest in a push to help English learners
The expansion continues an aggressive push under the de Blasio administration to meet a pledge to the state to offer more options for students who are learning English.
February 20, 2018
School leaders in one Jeffco community are looking at demographic shifts as an opportunity to rebrand
Edgewater schools, plus Molholm Elementary in Lakewood, are seeing changes in demographics that might facilitate changes to existing language programs.
pre-k for all
January 17, 2018
New York City will add dual language options in pre-K to attract parents and encourage diversity
Popular with parents, the programs can also be effective in boosting the performance of students who are learning English as a new language.
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November 13, 2017
‘All our dreams are on his shoulders.’ The stories that motivate a bilingual teacher
A bilingual teacher talks about how kids naturally merge two languages, why she uses drama to teach writing and what she learned from a parent-teacher conference.
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April 28, 2017
This educator sees ‘the power in being bilingual’ — and she wants her students to see it, too
Liset Gonzalez-Acosta is a the director of dual language at Global Prep Academy, an innovation school housed at IPS Riverside School 44.
getting to graduation
March 21, 2017
New York City’s English learners often struggle to graduate, but here’s how some schools buck that trend
Many schools struggle to met the needs of English learners. But some buck that trend, providing valuable lessons for how to better serve these students.
March 2, 2017
How well are English Language Learners doing in NYC schools? That depends on the stats you consider
A new report suggests that tracking grad rates of former English learners, as well as those who take longer to graduate, offers a clearer picture.
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February 28, 2017
City to open 68 new bilingual programs, signaling support for immigrants in NYC public schools
The new programs are a combination of 39 dual language programs and 29 transitional bilingual education.
October 3, 2016
Critics: Lack of diversity in Indiana dual language policy is a lost opportunity
The dual-language method of immersing students in their native language and in English is growing in popularity across the country.
June 15, 2016
New round of grants to expand language immersion in Indiana
The Indiana Department of Education doled out more than $500,000 in grants today to schools across the state.
Updated December 7, 2015
As city promotes dual-language programs, it selects 15 as models
The city has selected 15 schools with outstanding dual-language programs to serve as models for other schools.
August 25, 2015
IPS board gives blessing to house Global Prep charter school
Superintendent Lewis Ferebee got the go-ahead from the school board to negotiate a deal with charter school developer Mariama Carson to put the school in an IPS building.
August 20, 2015
Warren Township school receives almost $100,000 for Spanish immersion pilot
Pleasant Run Elementary School in Warren Township was one of five schools in the state chosen to begin a dual-language immersion pilot program.
July 14, 2015
First bilingual preschool in northeast Memphis to open this fall
With a growing Hispanic population and a growing need for children to learn English before kindergarten, a nonprofit organization seeks to ease the transition.
April 29, 2015
For state’s only dual language program, turnaround efforts present challenges
Sometimes, when one innovative academic program bumps into another innovative academic program, worlds collide.
February 25, 2015
Fariña adds deputy chancellor role for English language learners
Chancellor Carmen Fariña has promoted Milady Baez from the head of the office of English language learners to a deputy chancellor role.
Is two better than one?
February 15, 2015
DPS considers ending dual language programs at two southwest schools
DPS is considering replacing dual language programs at Valverde Dual Language Academy and CMS Community School.
January 16, 2015
Push for bilingual pre-K classrooms gains strength as city expands both programs
The city's dual-language programs are something of a citywide secret, though there is strong research on the educational power of those programs for young learners.
January 14, 2015
City to add or expand 40 dual-language programs
Twenty-five schools will add dual-language programs this fall, and 15 more will have their programs expanded, Chancellor Carmen Fariña announced Wednesday.
September 22, 2014
Bilingual programs get the royal treatment
The visit, complete with balloons and a song-and-dance performance, added bit of royal flair to Chancellor Carmen Fariña’s continued focus on dual language programs and English language learners.
April 5, 2012
Chancellor brings energy to bilingual MS as year-one ends
Chancellor Walcott dances the salsa with eighth-graders and their teacher, Joanne Vasquez, at Dual Language Middle School in Manhattan. This has not been the easiest week for Chancellor Dennis Walcott. He got to champion his middle school initiative at a policy symposium earlier this week. But he also had to reverse course on two policies — a ban on some words on tests and a plan to "turn around" seven schools — after public outcry. And today, as the first year of his appointment comes to a close, the Daily News reported that he has come under fire for his staunch fidelity to the Bloomberg administration's educational agenda and that little has changed in the school system since he replaced Cathie Black. But those criticisms did not dampen Walcott's usual eagerness to get involved in classroom activities, which was on full display this morning when he joined a group of middle schoolers caught in a frenzy of midterms and test preparations for an impromptu salsa dancing lesson. Walcott has also gained a reputation for that seemingly-boundless energy. He often tells reporters about his early-morning running and swimming routines, and he was back at work the day after completing the New York Marathon last year. This morning, Walcott racked up points on the pedometer he wears at his waist while touring Manhattan's Dual Language Middle School—a visit that gets him closer to his stated goal of visiting every school before Mayor Michael Bloomberg's term ends. The school was Walcott's first stop of three on the last day of school before break. Later in the day, he traveled to the Young Scholars' Academy for Discovery and Exploration in Brooklyn and P.S. 48 on Staten Island. This evening, he will fete the student selected to design the cover of next year's high school directory.
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