Startalk Keynote in Houston

I was thrilled to deliver the keynote speech during the STARTALK Fall Conference in Houston, Texas which was held on October 19 and 20, 2018, at the Royal Sonesta Houston Galleria Hotel. The STARTALK Fall 2018 Conference focused on sharing practices, innovative strategies, effective learning tools and resources, and insights uncovered by reflection practices that were experienced in various STARTALK programs.

STARTALK is a federal grant program funded by the National Security Agency and administered by the National Foreign Language Center at the University of Maryland. STARTALK grants fund summer world language learning programs as well as professional development programs for world language teachers. STARTALK grants support programs for students and teachers of eleven critical need languages: Arabic, Chinese, Dari, Hindi, Korean, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, Swahili, Turkish, and Urdu.

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Through these programs, the STARTALK program seeks to achieve three goals:
– Increase the number of students enrolled in the study of critical languages
– Increase the number of highly effective critical-language teachers in the U.S.
– Increase the number of highly effective materials and curricula available to teachers and students of critical-need languages

My speech focused on the Bilingual Revolution and how parents and linguistic communities can play a role in creating multilingual programs in schools. After the presentation I met many interesting people who were willing to translate my book in Hindi, Urdu, Korean, Portuguese, Turkish and more.

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Empowering Families and School Communities for a Future of Education in Two Languages

I was thrilled to give a keynote speech during the annual conference of the New York State Association for Bilingual Education (NYSABE) on March 15. The theme chosen for NYSABE’s 41st Annual Conference was Uncovering the Talents of Multilingual Learners from Early Childhood through High School and Beyond.

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Building Bridges: Brooklyn’s First Korean Dual Language Program Initiative

Last Saturday, I met with a group of parents willing to create Brooklyn’s first Korean dual language program. I was thrilled to share some ideas with this group as well as help them understand what steps to follow in order to create a Korean dual language program in a local public school – Brooklyn’s first. The meeting was hosted by Korean American community leader and film maker Nari Kye who is determined to make this program come to life.

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