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» Bilingual Speakers Develop Mental Flexibility - Psych Central News

Researchers are learning that the benefits of being bilingual extend well beyond enhanced communication capabilities. Penn State researchers discovered that

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This confirms what we see in our dual language students.

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Reclassification Patterns among Latino English Learner Students in Bilingual, Dual Immersion, and English Immersion Classrooms | Center for Education Policy Analysis

Reclassification Patterns among Latino English Learner Students in Bilingual, Dual Immersion, and English Immersion Classrooms | Center for Education Policy Analysis | Dual Language programs | Scoop.it
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Very important and recent research.

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Who Gets "The Bilingual Advantage?" And When? - EdCentral

Who Gets "The Bilingual Advantage?" And When? - EdCentral | Dual Language programs | Scoop.it
New research helps clarify "the bilingual advantage" and how much language instruction it takes to reap those benefits.
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[Infographic] The Advantages of a Bilingual Education - EdTechReview™ (ETR)

[Infographic] The Advantages of a Bilingual Education - EdTechReview™ (ETR) | Dual Language programs | Scoop.it
Here is an infographic that illustrates the advantages of a bilingual education.
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I may have posted this before but it's worth posting again.

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Bilingual children: what parents need to know

Bilingual children: what parents need to know | Dual Language programs | Scoop.it
How do you ensure your child grows up speaking both parents' languages? Or help them learn your native language when they are learning Dutch at school?
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Baez counsels parents, principals on 40 dual language programs | School Stories

NYC's Milady Baez counsels parents, principals on 40 dual language programs. Says "Dual Language is here to stay" http://t.co/iF1KL2WHTO

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Approaching Bilingual Education: A Guide for Families

Approaching Bilingual Education: A Guide for Families | Dual Language programs | Scoop.it
What a great day! Great to see #bilingual #education expert and #HipLatina contributor @dcastil in my neighborhood http://t.co/c07UKQE0GN
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Google Hangout: Bilingual Education and Dual Immersion Programs 101

Google Hangout: Bilingual Education and Dual Immersion Programs 101 | Dual Language programs | Scoop.it
Today I had the opportunity to participate in a live hangout chat on googleplus about transitional bilingual education and Dual Immersion programs. It was so much fun and of course I could literall...
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I didn't watch the entire video but it seemed to offer good information. Also, the links to other videos, professional resources and articles are valuable.

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Dual-Language-Learner Group Aims to Bridge Research, Classroom Practice

Dual-Language-Learner Group Aims to Bridge Research, Classroom Practice | Dual Language programs | Scoop.it
In its first report, the group's founder argues that "DLLs have long been ignored in education policy debates."
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Spanish immersion program at Paxson to include all kindergartners - The Missoulian

Spanish immersion program at Paxson to include all kindergartners - The Missoulian | Dual Language programs | Scoop.it
All incoming Paxson Elementary kindergartners will be part of the Spanish immersion program next school year, a move that school leaders say is vital to 21st century learning and molding

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How to Reinvent Bilingual Education for the Kids Who Need It Most - Slate Magazine (blog)

How to Reinvent Bilingual Education for the Kids Who Need It Most - Slate Magazine (blog) |
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Bilingual education is misunderstood but more important than ever: Viewpoint - MassLive.com

Bilingual education is misunderstood but more important than ever: Viewpoint - MassLive.com | Dual Language programs | Scoop.it
Advocates call bilingual education essential to any realistic effort at educating and graduating Spanish-speaking kids.
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Viewpoint from Massachusetts.

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Dual-language classes are new trend | North Central News

Dual-language classes are new trend | North Central News | Dual Language programs | Scoop.it
Bilingual teachers who had been instructing in Spanish were told to switch to just English beginning with the 2001-02 school year. However, there was a lot of confusion based on the language of the proposition, ....
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Update from Arizona.

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What Does the Research Say About Dual Language Immersion?

What Does the Research Say About Dual Language Immersion? | Dual Language programs | Scoop.it
What Does the Research Say About Dual Language Immersion?
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Good summary of the benefits of dual language education.

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A One-Time English-Language Learner Puts Premium on Bilingual, Bicultural Education

A One-Time English-Language Learner Puts Premium on Bilingual, Bicultural Education | Dual Language programs | Scoop.it
San Francisco Unified Superintendent Richard A. Carranza is charting pathways for English-language learners to become bilingual, biliterate graduates.
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An excellent testimonial to the value of bilingualism.

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Parent: Dual Language is Flawed, but Has a Place in Oswego Schools - Patch.com

Parent: Dual Language is Flawed, but Has a Place in Oswego Schools - Patch.com | Dual Language programs | Scoop.it
"Dissolving a program that provides all of our children with such valuable language skills and cultural experiences is not the answer."
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A first-hand testimonial about the value of a DL education.

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Parents Worried Bill Would Make Dual-Language Schools Illegal

Parents Worried Bill Would Make Dual-Language Schools Illegal | Dual Language programs | Scoop.it
Parents are concerned a proposed bill would make dual-language immersion programs illegal in Oklahoma.
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Why take away a language rather than build on it and add another? And what about English speakers who want to learn another language in a DL program?

 

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George Szirtes: what being bilingual means for my writing and identity

George Szirtes: what being bilingual means for my writing and identity | Dual Language programs | Scoop.it
Hungarian-born poet George Szirtes writes in both English and his native tongue. He contemplates bilingualism and belonging
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An interesting article about language and identity. (not exactly dual language but the importance of the home language)

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Episode 33: 4 Common phenomena that children may experience when learning a second language | Bilingual Avenue

Episode 33: 4 Common phenomena that children may experience when learning a second language | Bilingual Avenue | Dual Language programs | Scoop.it
Common phenomena kids may experience when learning a 2nd language #ELL #bilingual #DualLanguage #teachers #education http://t.co/YbcOJ8sOFK
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A Case for Bilingual Education

A Case for Bilingual Education | Dual Language programs | Scoop.it
Depending on your political perspective, there are anywhere between zero and five morons on the Supreme Court, and if you’re feeling particularly cynical, maybe up to nine.

Perhaps it is the nation
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Students Should Retain Their Bilingual Heritage For Its Economic Value - University of Texas at Austin News

Students Should Retain Their Bilingual Heritage For Its Economic Value - University of Texas at Austin News | Dual Language programs | Scoop.it
Every spring in Texas and across America, white, middle-class parents value bilingualism enough to line up in the early morning hours to sign up their children...
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More Expert Thoughts on Updating No Child Left Behind's Title III - EdCentral

More Expert Thoughts on Updating No Child Left Behind's Title III - EdCentral | Dual Language programs | Scoop.it
Two experts weigh in on how to fix No Child Left Behind's Title III for dual language learners.
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Look at the key advocacy points.

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Summarizing the Research on Dual Language Learners - EdCentral

Summarizing the Research on Dual Language Learners - EdCentral | Dual Language programs | Scoop.it
New syntheses of the current research on dual language learners' linguistic and academic developmental pathways.
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SDW: ELL-Dual Language: ELL Achievement: Not just what you do, but also what you believe. Academic Optimism.

SDW: ELL-Dual Language: ELL Achievement: Not just what you do, but also wh... http://t.co/9nGGRnfSHO
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Local school districts cautious about dual language program

Local school districts cautious about dual language program | Dual Language programs | Scoop.it
BLOOMINGTON — When it comes to teaching children who speak languages other than English, Maura Toro-Morn thinks American schools have it all wrong.
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The comments show how uninformed many are about the value of language learning.

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