Our panel discussion on Language Immersion in Urban Public Schools: Benefits and Challenges was a very successful inaugural event for the DC Language Immersion Project.
Here is the permanent youtube link to the recording of the panel.
Here is the storify.
Several people asked for the slides/docs of the panelists’ engaging presentations – here they are!
Thank you to our great panelists and to our inspiring moderator Kavitha Cardoza!
Below is the full program
Language Immersion in Urban Public Schools: Exploring the benefits and challenges
Thursday December 4th, 2014 at 6pm
Great Hall of MLK Library, 901 G Street NW
Sponsored by Ward 5 Council on Education, Ward 2 Education Network, Ward 7 Education Council, Ward 4 Education Alliance, Ward 8 Education Council, Ward 1 Education Collaborative, Capitol Hill Public Schools Parent Organization (CHPSPO), Education Town Hall
Moderated by Kavitha Cardoza
Welcome by Richard Reyes-Gavilan, Executive Director of DC Public Libraries (TBC)
Remarks by Mark Jones, President of DC State Board of Education Screening of clip from documentary “Speaking in tongues”
Marty Abbott, Executive Director at American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) – What research shows about the benefits of education in a Language Immersion context
Delores Millhouse and Gina Bowler of My Bilingual Child – How a grassroots community organization successfully advocated for the creation of three additional Language Immersion schools in Prince Georges County
Maquita Alexander, Head of School at Washington Yu Ying PCS – Implementation and timing issues in new Language Immersion programs
Donna Sothern, Spanish immersion teacher at Cleveland Elementary DCPS – Effects of bilingual education on classroom dynamics and learning
Lynn Fulton-Archer, Education Specialist, World Language Immersion, Delaware Department of Education – Implementation of the Governor’s World Language Expansion Initiative – Language Immersion as a turnaround tool
Sally Schwartz, Founder and Executive Director at Globalize DC – The missing link between DC jobs and the jobs of our children
Visit Ms. Arranz’s virtual immersion classroom before and after the panel discussion! Ms. Arranz will be available before and after the panel discussion to answer your questions on how a Language Immersion classroom is different from a regular classroom, how Language Immersion is an accelerated program as opposed to remedial, and addressing common parents’ anxieties relating to Language Immersion.
This panel discussion is intended to inform parents, educators, administrators, and community from all eight wards on the benefits and challenges of implementing Language Immersion programs in our public elementary schools. The hope is that a coalition of stakeholders across the traditional public and charter sectors will engage in drafting a strategic plan for expanding Language Immersion offerings in DC.