Three Beautiful Books for Fall: Learning about Autumn from many Cultures and Languages

Here in New England, fall is in the air. The leaves are starting to change, small towns are holding community bonfires, and apple cider donuts are being shared by friends. It is a beautiful time of year, the start of many secular and religious holiday celebrations.  Our friends at Colorín Colorado have prepared a wonderful list … Continue reading Three Beautiful Books for Fall: Learning about Autumn from many Cultures and Languages

Language Shapes Lives: Sharing the Ideas of the Deeper Learning Podcast

Ian Hanigan of the Orange County Department of Education Newsroom has announced the newest episode of the Deeper Learning Podcast, a podcast which delves into personal experiences about learning and education. This particular episode reflects on the necessity of bilingual education for heritage learners and children of immigrants. The episode has a number of incredible … Continue reading Language Shapes Lives: Sharing the Ideas of the Deeper Learning Podcast

Six Key Questions to Consider When Implementing Dual Language Programs

Edweek’s Corey Mitchell has written another outstanding article surrounding dual language education in the United States. This article, though brief, highlights six key insights for dual language schools as voiced by dual language experts from across the country.​​The interviews, conducted with experts such as David Rogers, executive director of Dual Language Education of New Mexico, … Continue reading Six Key Questions to Consider When Implementing Dual Language Programs

Turning “Off” Language? A Study on Cognitive Development

Written by journalist Kashmira Gander, a recent article from NewsWeek details the importance of bilingual education for cognitive development. While we are all familiar with the cognitive benefits of bilingualism, which include delaying diseases like Alzheimer’s, this article suggests that cognitive benefits stem from turning “off” one language rather than turning “on” the second language. … Continue reading Turning “Off” Language? A Study on Cognitive Development

Three Principles of Translanguaging: A Resource for TWIN-CS

Translanguaging was featured prominently at the 2018 Summer Academy when several breakout sessions and lunch meetings were offered to discuss research on the topic and ideas for incorporating translanguaging into instruction. A recent article in Language Magazine explores this concept further through the research of Dr. Laura Hamman, classroom teacher Emeline Beck, and educator Aubrey Donaldson.  Their examination of … Continue reading Three Principles of Translanguaging: A Resource for TWIN-CS

join the Conversation: James Martin SJ returns to Boston College

The Boston College community is pleased to welcome James Martin, SJ to campus to deliver the inaugural Daniel J. Harrington SJ lecture. The First Annual Harrington lecture is named for Father Harrington, who taught classes on the New Testament at Boston College and Weston Jesuit School of Theology.  Father Martin published a kind remembrance of Father … Continue reading join the Conversation: James Martin SJ returns to Boston College

Avoiding a Dangerous Myopia: Importance of Being Bilingual

Leon Panetta, former Director of the CIA and Secretary of Defense, has written an article for the San Francisco Chronicle detailing the importance of language acquisition going forward for the United States. According to the article, “Americans are losing out because so few speak a second language,” creating a “dangerous myopia” in which we are … Continue reading Avoiding a Dangerous Myopia: Importance of Being Bilingual

A New Study on Dual Language Learners in Kindergarten: Why Do We Sacrifice Home Language?

New America, a non-partisan think tank, discusses the National Center for Education Statistics’ most recent study on the educational experience of dual language learners (DLLs) in kindergarten. The study, titled “English Language Program Participation Among Students in the Kindergarten Class of 2010–11: Spring 2011 to Spring 2012,” is written by Jeremy Redford of the American … Continue reading A New Study on Dual Language Learners in Kindergarten: Why Do We Sacrifice Home Language?

Resources and Advocacy: Supporting ELL/DUal Language Teachers

Colorín Colorado has refurbished its resource page for English Language Learner (ELL) educators for the upcoming academic year! The resource page features articles, blog posts, guides, toolkits, book recommendations, recent research, and related videos which promote collaboration between ELL colleagues and administrators, and discuss the best tactics to inspire partnership. One such example of encouraging … Continue reading Resources and Advocacy: Supporting ELL/DUal Language Teachers

Heritage language learners: rediscovering heritage

An article recently published by the Language Magazine and authored by Dr. Simona Montanari details the profound effect one school district has had on the state of California. Benjamin Franklin Magnet School, a school located in the Glendale Unified School District in Southern California, is a dual language school environment which teaches all subjects in … Continue reading Heritage language learners: rediscovering heritage