New York City’s Arabic Dual-Language Program Is Thriving

P.S./I.S. 30 Mary White Ovington School in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn hosts New York City’s only Arabic dual-language program. From pre-K to 5th grade, and soon 8th grade, it is always a joy to see the children flourish in two languages. After several months of extensive collaboration and planning, the Arabic dual-language program at P.S./I.S.30 opened its doors in September 2013. The dual-language curriculum was designed as a split day, where morning classes are taught in Arabic and afternoon classes in English, or vice versa.

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Inauguration of New Mural by French Artist Hervé Tullet at P.S 84

French artist Hervé Tullet has done it again! This time he has touched two school communities in Manhattan: P.S. 84 The Lillian Weber School of the Arts and Lafayette Academy (M.S. 256). Both schools boast a French dual-language program and now a beautiful collection of artworks painted by the entire community. Even an entire wall was unveiled, showing the impact of art in getting a community closer together.

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Sylvia Wellhoëfer and the Bilingual Revolution in German

Sylvia Wellhoëfer is a German mom I met a few years ago in Brooklyn. With a group of parents she created NYC’s first German dual-language program and she was the inspiration for my chapter on German in my book, The Bilingual Revolution. One thing leading to another, we are launching this book’s German version at Goethe-Institut New York on January 8 (see Book release of Die bilinguale revolution). I am pretty sure this will trigger many more good things here and in Germany.

Book cover credit: Raymond Verdaguer

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Book Release Die bilinguale revolution

Join me on Tuesday January 8, 2019 for the book launch of Die bilingualerevolution, Zweisprachigkeit und die Zukunft der Bildung at the Goethe Institute of NewYork.

The book will be available for purchase and I will sign copies.
All net proceeds of the evening will support the German Dual Language Program at P.S. 18 Edward Bush located in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

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Book Talk at NYU’s Institute of French Studies

I enjoyed this talk with the students of the Institute of French Studies at New York University. I was invited by Prof. Frédéric Viguier who is encouraging his students to look into bilingual education and the impact it can have on various linguistic communities. The students asked lots of questions on my personal and professional trajectory, on the boom of French dual-language programs in New York, and on the diversity of the city’s French-speaking community. I couldn’t help but see future teachers for the ever-expanding French dual-language schools.

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Transforming Communities through Multilingualism with NYCDOE

I was thrilled to give two presentations during Transforming Communities through Multilingualism, a three-day seminar hosted by the New York City Department of Education on November 5 and 7, 2018. I was able to share my experiences about the importance of parents and grassroots efforts for New York’s  multilingual learners. It was great to see old friends and meet new ones. Glad to bump into the inspiring Dr. José Medina. Congratulations to Cynthia Felix, Yalitza Vasquez Johnson, and the Division of English Language Learners & Student Support for organizing this seminar. It was a star-studded gathering with José Medina, Richard Carranza, Dr. Linda Chen, Kathleen Leos, Dr. Margarita Calderón, and many more.
I am even more convinced that NYC will gain tremendously from offering dual language programs in as many languages as possible. I believe bilingual education is for all. The time to do this is now! Being bilingual is the new norm and it must start with our youngest citizens.
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