The Japanese-English Dual Language Program in Bushwick, Brooklyn

Multilingual kids from all socio-economic and racial backgrounds thriving in a Japanese-English dual-language program. In Bushwick! In a public school! For free!

This is a no-brainer. Dual language programs are for everyone. They should be offered everywhere. And it shouldn’t be that complicated for parents and educators to create these programs. Read more about what it took to get the program started here. And watch a few videos from the school here

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Book Talk at NYU’s Institute of French Studies

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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.

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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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[DE] Die bilinguale Revolution

Die-bilinguale-Revolution-3D2-1Die bilinguale Revolution (German Edition coming soon). Als ein praktisches und zugängliches Buch konzipiert, das Sie in Ihrem Projekt begleiten wird, ist Die Bilinguale Revolution die Geschichte einer in Brooklyn geborenen Bewegung, erzählt aus der Sicht von Eltern und Lehrenden die duale Sprachprogramme in ihren Schulen gegründet haben, überzeugt davon, dass bilinguale Bildung ein Allgemeingut ist, das überall angeboten werden sollte, da es ein Kind, eine Schule, ein Land positiv verwandeln kann.

Artwork Credit: Raymond Verdaguer

[FR] Vaincre les préjugés : les filières bilingues en arabe de New York

Screen shot 2018-10-18 at 4.34.56 PMCet article, extrait de La Révolution bilingue : le futur de l’éducation s’écrit en deux langues, a été repris par The Conversation, un média en ligne d’information et d’analyse de l’actualité indépendant. Continue reading

Visiting PS1’s Chinese Dual Language Program with Chancellor Carranza

I was delighted to take part in a school tour of PS1 in Chinatown with NYC Chancellor Richard Carranza who announced the opening of 48 new bilingual programs in Italian, Spanish, French, Chinese, Russian, Urdu, Bengali, Polish, Arabic, Korean and, for the first time, Albanian. Also a great program in German at PS18, and a new initiative with Greek. Thank you, NYC.