Sharjah International Book Fair

I was fortunate to be a guest of Sharjah Book Authority during the 2019 Sharjah International Book Fair in the UAE. This was my first time participating in the fair which welcomed over 2 million visitors from the Gulf region and over 60 countries. I took part in a discussion panel debating bilingualism and what the future of diverse bilingual education and communities hold. I also launched the Arabic version of my book, The Bilingual Revolution, thanks to a partnership with Austin Macauley Publishers. Overall, this has been a unique experience which I will never forget.

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الثورة ثنائية اللغة

I am grateful to Austin Macauley Publishers for the release of my book, The Bilingual Revolution, in the Arabic language: الثورة ثنائية اللغة

I have written The Bilingual Revolution to help families and educators create and develop dual-language programs in their schools. Because I am committed to promoting the teaching of Arabic in schools in the United States, France, and other countries I have featured New York’s Arabic dual-language programs in my book and in articles like this one which was published by The Conversation. The case study that I wrote, Overcoming Prejudice: The City’s Arabic dual-language programs, is available on The Bilingual Revolution’s official webpage at CALEC.org. Through my advocacy, I was able to encourage my book’s many translations and give numerous presentations to encourage families to replicate the success stories of dual-language schools such as PS30’s Arabic dual-language program. I just wish there would be more of these programs around the world as they can truly build bridges between cultures, and foster mutual understanding and respect.

My thanks go to Mariam Moustafa and Majd Sarah for translating this book, Raymond Verdaguer for his powerful artwork, Jade Robertson and her team at Austin Macauley, and Seth and Sylvie Russo for their guidance.

Leveling Up Dual-Language Education in Massachusetts

I was thrilled to be in Springfield for Massachusetts Foreign Language Association’s 52nd annual conference. It was a special occasion for me to reconnect with old friends and make new ones. Massachusetts is where I first moved in 1997 and coming back to give the keynote was truly an honor. I remember attending my first MaFLA conference 22 years ago, and this event has never failed to inspire me.

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Launch of The Bilingual Revolution in Arabic at 34th Sharjah International Book Fair

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I am thrilled to take part in the upcoming Sharjah International Book Fair where I will share the floor with an impressive list of participating authors, poets, bloggers, movie stars and award-winning musicians, including Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan, America’s most-loved host, Steve Harvey, Nobel Prize-winning Turkish author Orhan Pamuk, Mark Manson, New York Times bestselling author, Elisabetta Dami, a bestselling children’s author from Italy whose Geronimo Stilton series that my daughters love, and many more authors according to Gulf Today: Over 60 luminaries to topline Sharjah book fair.

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European Priorities and the Potential of Multilingual Education

On September 26 –the European Day of Languages set to help raise awareness for multilingualism in Europe– I was invited to Brussels for the 2nd European Education Summit and presented a U.S. perspective on the growth and potential of dual-language education, particularly as European nations seek to adopt new educational approaches to educating the youth while accepting more immigrant families into their school systems.

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