A group of Voorhies Elementary School third-graders huddled together on a carpet as their teacher, Julissa Moreno, called them to the whiteboard for a math lesson. “Doscientos paginas veces seis fotos en cada pagina. Cuantos?” Moreno asked, as she tapped the board with her marker. The question in English: There are 200 pages times six.. read more →

Hilda Maldonado is an evangelist for bilingual education. As head of multilingual programming for the Los Angeles Unified School District, she welcomed California’s vote last fall to repeal an almost two-decade mandate for English-only classes in public schools. Her district’s 640,000-plus students collectively speak 93 languages. Maldonado said, “Forty-nine percent of the students in this.. read more →

This fall 50 Spokane kindergarten students will learn in Spanish and English. Spokane Public Schools will add two Spanish language immersion kindergarten classes in the Libby Center, where students will be instructed in Spanish half of the time. “We’re trying to prepare our students to be global citizens and be competitive in the workforce,” said.. read more →

A surge of refugees to the Sacramento area has transformed San Juan Unified into the local epicenter for students from Afghanistan, Ukraine, Iraq and Syria. As a result, the district has hired non-credentialed bilingual instructional assistants who speak Arabic, Farsi, Dari, Pashto and Ukrainian to help newcomers understand classroom lessons. In the last school year,.. read more →

The Shawnee Mission School District has teamed up with Kansas State University for a program that helps students learn English in addition to their native language. Darren Dennis, the director of curriculum and assessment for the district, says there’s a growing number of English Language Learner (ELL) students. “There is a substantial population here and.. read more →

Last month, Montgomery County Public Schools Superintendent Jack Smith released a budget proposal that included funding for expanding two-way dual immersion programs in elementary schools and developing a plan for continuing the approach through middle school. Currently, the Maryland school district has a handful of immersion programs, but the majority are one-way programs that primarily.. read more →

Hablas español? Parlez-vous français? Ou pale ayisyen kreyòl? Ni huì shuo zhongguó? In today’s globally interconnected world, if you don’t understand at least one of these phrases, you’re at a distinct disadvantage. We as Floridians recognize this fact. We want to ensure our students’ future success and advocate that our public schools implement and augment their.. read more →

In language classes in area elementary schools, students spend less time memorizing vocabulary lists and conjugating verbs and more time speaking and writing the language. “We may be learning fewer vocabulary words, but the words students learn they will remember and use on a daily basis,” said Kyle Schumacher, superintendent of La Grange Elementary District.. read more →

While Californians passed a ballot measure to bring back bilingual education in the upcoming school year, educators say a challenge to getting the programs started will be finding more bilingual teachers. Nearly 20 years after banning most bilingual education, Californians voted in November to let schools restore it for English learners and English speakers whose.. read more →

California voters on Tuesday overwhelmingly repealed a nearly two-decade-old law that limited bilingual education in public schools. Proposition 58 had about 73 percent support with 3.5 million votes counted. The measure undoes a 1998 law requiring schools to use English immersion for most students not fluent in the language. Supporters said the old law was tinged with.. read more →