Our real goal," Przekurat said, "is to get the library to mirror what the community looks like. The language the community speaks is what the library should look like, so we're certainly hoping to grow the program and the number of books to thousands of dual language books.
The Osborn Two Way Immersion Academy celebrated two decades of two languages, marking a milestone in Central Valley history as well as a tale of achievement against the odds.
What started in 1994 as a few classes in a neighborhood school has grown into a magnet campus serving 870 students. It is expected to grow to 970 students next year with the addition of an early kindergarten program, said Principal Ed Ewing, “and we’ll still have a waiting list.”
The program also had to survive the 1990s anti-bilingual education movement that peaked with the 1996 passage of Proposition 227. The initiative outlawed teaching in anything but English outside of foreign language classes. Parents had to sign waivers each year to keep their children in dual language classes, and the program struggled to find enough native English speakers to balance classes.
That has changed, Ewing said: With so many English-dominant students signing up, it is a challenge to balance with native Spanish-speaking kids.
There are now more than a dozen two-way language immersion programs in this area. Nationwide, more than 850 such programs exist, with a surge in interest over the past three years adding 150 to 200 a year.
C&G Newspapers RCS says 'ni hao' to Chinese language instruction C&G Newspapers “Chinese is a very prominent language at the global level,” said Michael Behrmann, the executive director of elementary education at RCS.
Broadcast on Southern California Public Radio, June 15, 2011
For years, middle- and upper-middle-class parents in parts of Los Angeles Unified have sent their children to private schools, charter schools and schools outside the district. However, a nascent dual-language program is attracting some of them back to neighborhood schools. District administrators voted Tuesday to protect hundreds of dual-language teachers from being let go in the hope that the trickle of returning parents will develop into a stream.
Global school in rural Edgecombe is 'recipe for success' WRAL.com But research shows that despite student backgrounds, those enrolled in dual language/immersion programs score significantly higher on state tests than their peers and are less likely...
KETV Omaha Liberty Elementary's dual-language program sees remarkable results KETV Omaha Dual-language programs are already running in several other OPS schools, giving students the chance to continue through graduation.
Hometownlife.com New school year opens new chapter for Japanese school Hometownlife.com The dual immersion model means students enter the program as kindergartners, with little or no prior training in the language they will learn, whether it is...
Joanna Ting, a third grader at Field Elementary School, is enrolled in the Dual Language Mandarin Immersion Program. She can read and write in two languages, (Check out our dual language mandarin immersion program.
Scholars plan to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Lau v Nichols -- the landmark civil rights case that created the legal basis for bilingual education -- ... (Landmark Lau v Nichols #SupremeCourt ruling marks 40 years.
Published in the San Diego Union-Tribune, January 23, 2012
In little over a decade, the number of dual-language programs in San Diego County has skyrocketed. This is one of the few areas in public education that is experiencing unprecedented growth amid California’s relentless fiscal crisis.
Bilingual Jefferson public school teachers will soon receive an additional $5,000 in pay, after they meet certain conditions. (The Times Picayune - Bilingual teachers to get salary boost in Jefferson Parish for serving English-language learn...