Today’s English Learners, Tomorrow’s Scientists

Corey Mitchell, contributing writer for Education Week, has recently published an article that details how language barriers can lead immigrant students to pursue STEM courses in higher education. A 2018 study published by researchers from Duke and Stanford universities draws on federal data to conclude that while “20 percent of U.S.-born college students major in … Continue reading Today’s English Learners, Tomorrow’s Scientists

Utah Schools Celebrate the Benefits of Dual Language Instruction

ParkRecord, a local Utah newspaper, has issued an article about the flourishing dual language (DL) immersion programs in Park City, Utah. The article, written by Carolyn Webber Alder, references the Park City School District which offers students the chance to become fluent in Spanish or French with DL education from first grade until senior year … Continue reading Utah Schools Celebrate the Benefits of Dual Language Instruction

Saving Languages: 2019 Named the International Year of Indigenous Languages

Language Magazine, a publication which focuses on bilingual and dual language education in the United States and abroad, has issued a brief article about The International Year of Indigenous Languages. An “International Year” is chosen by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). This year, UNESCO brings awareness to “the urgent need to … Continue reading Saving Languages: 2019 Named the International Year of Indigenous Languages

Three Tips to Better Serve English Language Learners with Dr. José Medina

Dr. José Medina, an educational advocate for English Language Learners (ELLs) and dual language education, has recently posted a video on his Twitter with three resources for educators. In the video, which can be found here, Dr. José Medina discuss three tips to better serve ELLs in “preK-12 traditional monolingual settings.”     Be reflective about your … Continue reading Three Tips to Better Serve English Language Learners with Dr. José Medina

Multiple Languages, Multiple Considerations: An Example from Oklahoma

Written by Jacob McCleland for NPR’s Oklahoma-based station (KGOU), this news article discusses the complications that arise when a community is unable to communicate. Titled “How Does A Town With 37 Languages Prepare For Emergencies,” the article introduces us to the Soe family, a family originally from Myanmar and members of the Karen ethnic group. … Continue reading Multiple Languages, Multiple Considerations: An Example from Oklahoma

National Catholic Schools Week: Celebrating 45 years

The 45th Annual National Catholic Schools Week will be here soon, January 27th-February 2nd. The next TWIN-CS webinar on Tuesday, January 8th is focused on this week and the best ways to promote your school’s hard work during time. Another way to prepare for this exciting week is to listen to this conversation with Larry … Continue reading National Catholic Schools Week: Celebrating 45 years

Four Reasons to Learn Another Language by Dr. John McWhorter

Columbia University professor, podcast host, and Atlantic Magazine editor Dr. John McWhorter clearly loves language and the sociology of language. His written essays on linguistics can be found in many publications, but his recorded conversations and videos are quite valuable also. His 2016 TEDTalk on learning a new language has been viewed over three million … Continue reading Four Reasons to Learn Another Language by Dr. John McWhorter

Opportunity for Upper Elementary School Students

National Public Radio is holding a podcast challenge for students and welcomes entries from teachers and students between January 1st and March 31st of 2019. This is a great chance for TWIN-CS students to share their thoughts in two or more languages! Here are the details: Submissions from teachers are open through March 31, 2019. … Continue reading Opportunity for Upper Elementary School Students

Three Languages, Three Ways to Celebrate the Season!

The students of All Souls World Language Catholic School, a TWIN-CS member school in Alhambra, California, are enrolled in one of the most unique schools in the United States. With two bilingual paths in one school, all students have access to Spanish, Mandarin, and English learning. They celebrate Christmas trilingually also! Please enjoy their beautiful … Continue reading Three Languages, Three Ways to Celebrate the Season!

Free Resources for Dual Language Teachers

Teaching Tolerance is a nonprofit organization that provides free resources to teachers, administrators and counselors “to inform their practices, and to create civil and inclusive school communities where children are respected, valued and welcome participants.” The mission of Teaching Tolerance is the promotion of social justice and anti-bias in our schools. For those interested, Teaching … Continue reading Free Resources for Dual Language Teachers