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Submit a published news article| September 23, 2016
U.S. Department of Education Symposium: Politics, Policies, and Promise for Dual Language Learners
2016 has been a fluid year for the intersecting, overlapping spheres of American diversity. Multilingualism, multiculturalism, and other basic elements of U.S. pluralism are under considerable strain. The presidential campaign has dramatically escalated — and frequently affirmed — radically xenophobic rhetoric directed at immigrants’ intentions, languages, and cultures.   Read the article here.| February 23, 2016
Starting Early, Starting Right with Dual Language Learners
Linguistically diverse children of immigrants are diversifying U.S. student enrollment faster than linguistically diverse adults are diversifying the U.S. teaching force. In other words, immigration skews young. The growth in the number and percentage of multilingual students is moving faster than growth patterns for multilingual teachers.   Read the article here.

The Seattle Times| December 24, 2015
Seattle’s First Vietnamese-English Bilingual Preschool is Up and Running
The Hoa Mai preschool fulfills a dream for Vietnamese parents who wanted to preserve their children’s ties to their culture. It also offers opportunities to low-income children in the city’s new pre-school program.  Read the article here.

Huffington Post| December 16, 2015
Schools Are Incredibly Segregated, But Teaching Kids In Two Languages Could Help
A walk through Heritage Elementary School in Woodburn, Oregon, can make you feel like you’re touring Europe. In one classroom, a group of third-graders learn to read in Spanish. In another, students recite multiplication tables in Russian. In other parts of the school, students are receiving instruction in English. Many students enter Woodburn schools without knowing any English, but can switch seamlessly between two languages by the time they leave. Students who have limited English proficiency are academically behind their peers. Woodburn School District’s dual-language model could be a solution to a nationwide problem. Read more.

The New York Times| October 8, 2015
Dual-Language Programs Are on the Rise, Even for Native English Speakers
More and more, native English-speaking parents see biliteracy in their own children as important in a global economy. In Delaware and Utah, statewide initiatives to increase dual-language education were largely conceived as a way to increase bilingualism among English speakers.  Read the article here.

The Conversation | August 10, 2015
How Can We Support Kids in Learning More than One Language?
There is little doubt that knowing more than one language carries tremendous advantages.  The question is, how can we support our children in learning more than one language? Read the article here.

KPCC | June 30, 2015
Dual Language Elementary Students Performed as well as AP High Schoolers in Mandarin, Study Says
The Stanford Graduate School of Education researchers found the elementary and high school students had the same level of linguistic competency in Mandarin, with some fifth graders even outperforming the high schoolers in reading. The results of their study are published in the spring issue of Foreign Language Annals. Read the article here.

Education Week | June 9, 2015
In Strategy to Help English-Learners, New York Expands Dual-Language Programs
As the New York City district forges ahead to add or expand dual-language programs at 40 schools this coming fall, education leaders here continue to grapple with issues that have hobbled their ability to provide required services to an ever-increasing number of English-language learners. Read More.| May 31, 2015
Bilingual by 2026: Highline Schools Aim for Dual-Language Graduates
Increasingly, public schools are immersing students in a second language, usually Spanish or Chinese. The Highline school district, south of Seattle, has even set an ambitious goal for the class of 2026 to graduate fully bilingual and biliterate. Read More.

Education Week | May 14, 2015
Shortage of Dual-Language Teachers: Filling the Gap
When examining teachers in dual language programs from a supply and demand perspective, the numbers do not add up. Read More.

Philadelphia Inquirer | March 5, 2015
Early immersion programs gain favor among schools, parents
Interest in language immersion programs in early childhood education programs has been increasing, says Marty Abbott, executive director of ACTFL. In Philadelphia, a Spanish language immersion preschool and day care center recently opened its doors, and six of the city’s elementary schools have started dual language programs. “Parents see knowing other languages as important for the future of their children,” Abbott said. The Philadelphia Inquirer

Where are we going, dad? (blog post) | February 23, 2015
Should Bilingual Children Learn English First?
“An idea I come across fairly often is the thought that children need to learn English before learning another language.  The basic assumption here is that children cannot learn two languages at once.  This is just not true.  Sixty-six percent of children, over 2/3rds of the world, grow up bilingual or trilingual…” Read More.

The News Tribune | February 18, 2015
New Spanish language immersion program coming to Thompson Elementary in Spanaway
Families who want to learn about a new Spanish Dual Language Immersion program that is set to start in the fall at Thompson Elementary School can attend information meetings that begin Thursday Feb. 19 at the school. Read more.

Newsworks | February 10, 2015
In Delaware, looking for language teachers who ‘don’t really exist’
By 2020, nearly one tenth of Delaware’s public school students are expected to be in language immersion programs. That means about 10,000 students will spend half their day, every day learning in a foreign language. It’s one of the nation’s most ambitious immersion expansion plans. But to pull it off, the state needs dozens of specially qualified teachers. Read More.

The Oregonian | February 8, 2015
Bilingual education program source of exceptional graduation rates
Woodburn Superintendent Chuck Ransom credits three factors for his district’s state-leading graduation rates: Full-fledged dual language instruction beginning in kindergarten that results in 95 percent of Woodburn students becoming bilingual, a high school that is broken into four small academies so that students are enveloped in a tight web of support and encouragement by teachers who know them well, and an intensive outreach to students and parents to create a college-going culture. Read more.

Street Roots News | February 4, 2015
Language Barriers; the Somali Community wants PPS to find a better way to teach its failing youth
Portland, OR — Batula Mohamud grew up in a refugee camp in Kenya. When she was placed into ninth grade after immigrating to the U.S., she didn’t know how to write her name. She wasn’t able to graduate from high school, but was be accepted into a program at Portland Community College’s Southeast Campus that allowed her to continue her studies without a diploma. She hopes to graduate with an Associate’s Degree in 2016. Read more.

New York Times | January 14, 2015
New York City Education Department to Add or Expand 40 Dual-Language Programs
NEW YORK CITY — The New York City Education Department plans to expand dual-language programs offered in public schools, using the orchestra of local languages to spread bilingual little symphonies across the five boroughs.

Kitsap Sun | November 24, 2014
Más español classes across Kitsap
BREMERTON — “La letra de la semana es ‘f,’” Hortensia West tells her class of kindergartners at Naval Avenue Early Learning Center. “Listos? Vamos a empezar.” (nice video) | November 17, 2014
What You Need to Know Before Sending Your Child to a Dual Language Program
Dual language programs have become trendy in many corners of the city, as a growing number of parents are looking for ways to give their English-speaking kids an edge in an increasingly competitive world economy.

NBC News | October 14, 2014
Spanish-Language Immersion Schools Gain in Popularity
There are over 1,000 language immersion schools in the country, according to Julie Sugarman, a researcher at the Center for Applied Linguistics, and the schools are growing in popularity.

LA School Report | July 9, 2014
LA Unified to add more dual language immersion programs
The LA Unified school district plans to expand its dual language immersion program next fall, bringing the total number of dual language programs offered by the district to 57, including 43 in Spanish, 10 in Korean, and four in Mandarin.

The Evening Sun | March 22, 2014
US schools add Vietnamese to dual immersion
Vietnamese program from Highline in national story on Vietnamese DL programs.

The Fayette Observer | December 29, 2013
Cumberland County schools language immersion programs score high
The excellent results of Spanish immersion programs at four elementary schools in Cumberland County, North Carolina have convinced the county to extend the language programs to two middle schools this year.

The Seattle Globalist | August 20, 2013
Five Reasons Washington Needs Dual Language Programs
For parents, five powerful reasons why dual language instruction is a great program model. Includes a guide to dual language programs in Washington State.

Time Magazine | July 29, 2013
The Power of the Bilingual Brain
Lots of references to the Dual Language Immersion programs in Utah.

Time Magazine | July 18, 2013
How the Brain Benefits from Being Bilingual
New studies are showing that a multilingual brain is nimbler, quicker, better able to deal with ambiguities, resolve conflicts and even resist Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia longer. | May 24, 2012
Upper West Side Parents Push for Russian Dual-Language Program at School
Department of Education guidelines ask parents to prove that there would be enough kids to fill a 25-student class now, as well as two years later, Adams said. Within a week or two, parents assembled a list of 142 families representing 200 kids, enough to meet the required numbers, Iofin said.

Highline Times (Burien WA) | January 27, 2012
Highline schools planning to expand program to teach students in both Spanish and English
The Highline School District’s first dual language programs are operating at Hilltop Elementary in Burien with eight teachers and about 200 K-3 students and at North Highline’s Mount View Elementary with six teachers and approximately 150 K-2 students. The success of these programs means school officials are considering expanding the district’s dual language program.

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