Creating a Support Base for P.S. 147’s Japanese Dual-Language Program

With Yukari Levine, Kayo Kudo and Akiko Iwakawa-Grieve

As discussed in my book The Bilingual Revolution, a critically important task for parents engaged in their school’s dual-language program is to create a support base in the community, such as influential individuals, business leaders, elected officials, and supportive organizations. These include local and global businesses, embassies and consulates, cultural centers serving a language or a country, foundations with a focus on education or community development, tourism offices, chambers of commerce that serve businesses from two or more countries, and heritage and cultural societies and federations.

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[FR] Épisode 4 : L’Utah, étonnant pionnier de l’éducation bilingue

Dans l’épisode 4 du podcast “Révolution Bilingue”, je m’intéresse à l’exemple passionnant de l’Utah.

Il y a une dizaine d’années, les dirigeants de cet Etat américain ont lancé une politique de développement des programmes bilingues en immersion. A travers l’Utah, 225 écoles enseignent désormais la moitié du temps scolaire dans une langue autre que l’anglais. Espagnol et chinois sont en tête, mais il y a également trente-et-une écoles en français.

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Arts Education and the Sun Future Foundation

credit: Sun Future Foundation

As a former school director and education researcher I often think about what we need to teach our children. To me, the 4 C’s that are Critical Thinking, Communication, Collaboration, and Creativity are essential skills to equip our children with for today’s and even tomorrow’s world too. But we need to go even further than that by teaching our children a fifth C: Compassion.

This point culminated during my recent visit to China to an art education project in a school for migrant workers’ children in one of Beijing’s outer rings, Beijing Shijingshan Cement Factory Elementary School, through a program called “Enlightenment of Love.” The project received support from Sun Future Art Education Foundation which bases itself on the belief that “Art Education Makes Good People,” and aims to help children grow both heart and mind. I was impressed by the teachers’ focus on exploration and innovation through aesthetics and photography, particularly as a way to build identity and encourage love and compassion among their students who predominantly came from disadvantaged families.

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The Multilingual Education Fair of Washington, DC

Over 1200 people participated in the Multilingual Education Fair of Washington, DC last Saturday at Gallaudet University. The event attracted families, educators, students, employers, job-seekers, and language enthusiasts looking to impact their lives through language and culture. Over 100 exhibitors across 17 languages were present and filled the air with excitement and multilingual buzzing.

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Book Launch of Die bilinguale revolution at the Goethe Institute

Early January, I launched the German version of The Bilingual Revolution, Die bilinguale revolution, Zweisprachigkeit und die Zukunft der Bildung, at the Goethe-Institut in New York. As most of parents in New York were registering their children to the Kindergarten classes, it was the occasion to speak about the German Dual Language Program at P.S. 18 Edward Bush located in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The net proceeds from the evening were donated to the school’s emerging dual-language program.

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China Global Philanthropy Institute in Beijing

During my visit to Beijing for Philanthropy in Childhood Education in China: Trends and Perspectives conference, I was thrilled to learn more about China Global Philanthropy Institute (CGPI), a think-tank established three years ago to provide information on China’s rapidly expanding philanthropic sector and training programs for foundation executives as well knowledge exchange, reporting and monitoring on the sector which currently totals 7,000 foundations.

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Laoniu Children’s Discovery Museum in Beijing

During my trip to China I was offered the opportunity to visit Beijing’s Children Discovery Museum, a 0-to-7-year-old early childhood education project jointly developed by Lao Niu Brother & Sister Foundation together with China National Children’s Center, China Philanthropy Research Institute, and Beijing Normal University. By creating this museum in Beijing, and a similar one in Inner Mongolia, Lao Niu Foundation sought to introduce innovative and interactive exploration to Chinese children, through advanced design concepts and practice models commonly found in children’s museums in the United States and Europe, while combining Chinese traditional culture in the model. Since opening on June 1, 2005, Lao Niu Children’s Discover Museum is the first large-scale children’s museum in Beijing.

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