The things one finds cleaning one’s closet! Here is a certificate I received in 1999 for participating in the International Symposium on Bilingualism and Biliteracy through Schooling organized by Professor Ofelia García and Long Island University. At the time, I was in charge of Ecole Bilingue’s Middle and Upper schools in Cambridge, Massachusetts (the school is now called the International School of Boston). The symposium was a way for me to catch some air after a busy semester and connect with a community of bilingual education researchers and practitioners from all over the world. I was very excited to attend this event and learn from the best, and I did. I not only left recharged and inspired, I left changed.Continue reading
I am thrilled to keynote during DC’s upcoming Multilingual Education Fair on January 26. Co-sponsored by the key education institutions of the District, the fair features 100 exhibitors covering 12 languages to allow you to explore and deepen your linguistic and cultural skills, and learn about careers where language skills are crucial.
The Fair will be located on the Gallaudet University campus at the I. King Jordan Student Academic Center (800 Florida Ave NE, Washington DC 20002).
I participated in the 2018 FLENJ (Foreign Language Educators of New Jersey) Annual Conference in April. Their theme this year was: “What Will Your Ripple Be? Global Change Starts with You!” The two-day conference was about promoting world language proficiency, helping teacher practice and leadership, and more.
On March 3, 2018, French teachers took part in a day-long workshop focusing on bi-literacy and the teaching of French in New York City. The “Building Biliteracy” teacher workshop was hosted by Boerum Hill School for International Studies in partnership with the American Association of Teachers of French and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy.
On March 1, Global Language Project organized a conversation and book signing around my book, The Bilingual Revolution as part of Language Matters, an ongoing series designed to support Global Language Project’s mission of expanding access to world-language education for students in underserved communities. Each breakfast or lunch features a guest speaker who is a business leader or celebrity, followed by a moderated discussion.
I was honored to deliver a keynote speech during Language Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill. I shared my views on language education and the potential of dual-language immersion programs for our societies.
Monolingualism can be cured. It is the illiteracy of the 21st century. Being bilingual is the new norm and it must start with our youngest citizens by affording them with as many advantages as possible. Bilingual education is a universal good that should be offered to everyone. Dual-language education is a pathway to respect, tolerance, and mutual understanding in our shrinking world.
I was invited to speak at a live panel entitled ” Raising Multilingual Children: From Home to School and Back,” alongside Rita Roseback, Family Language Coach and founder of Multilingual parenting website, Marianna du Bosq, host of the Bilingual Avenue podcast, William Rivers, Executive Director of the Joint National Committee for Languages (JNCL). The panel, organized by Language Learning Summit, was hosted by Tetsu Yung who, among many other things, organizes LangFest Montreal.