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St. Louis Language Immersion Schools (SLLIS)

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Ok, so I have quite few posts turning in my brain (my excellent visit to WIS, more parent engagement ideas from the conference, updates on facilities, sponsor and staff recruitment etc.). But as I’m trolling the web I stumble across  Illinois Loop’s charter page.  This is, perhaps, the most judicious description of charter schools that…

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Minutes from School Project Group meeting 12/10

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Meeting Minutes LOCATION: St. Louis Public Library, Buder Branch Large Conference Room 4401 Hampton Ave St. Louis, MO 63109 314-352-2900 The regular meeting of the School Project Group was called to order at 7:00 PM on 12/10/2008 in Buder Library by Rhonda Broussard. Introductions Meeting participants introduced themselves and discussed their interest in SLLIS. Updates…

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Parental Options and Information Conference

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This week I’m in Washington D.C. for the Parental Options and Information Conference hosted by the Office of Innovation and Improvement of the USDE.  They’ve pulled together Program Directors for our grant (CSP) and other federal grants for either school choice programs or comprehensive school improvement programs. This morning’s plenary was on parent and community…

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Bilingual Girl

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As I’m responding to yesterday’s e-mails, what great song is playing on my Slacker? “Bilingual Girl” by Yerba Buena. The English refrain is “All I want is a bilingual girl…two tongues are better than one!” In typical Yerba Buena fashion the lyrics are in English nd Spanish. While I’m at it, here’ my official plug…

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Interpreter pause

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Wednesday evening Lisa Dorner accompanied me to a parent meeting at SSDN.  This was the first outreach meeting that we’ve done where half of the families were Spanish-speaking and half were English-speaking, and we had a simultaneous interpreter! Lisa could have easily interpreted for the Spanish-speaking families, but SSDN always has a bilingual staffer/interpreter available…

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Where it all began

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When I was 17 I started teaching summer school courses for middle school students through an amazing, life-altering nonprofit called Summerbridge (now Breakthrough Collaborative).  This year Breakthrough is celebrating its 30 year anniversary and featured me in their “30 Leaders in 30 Years” article.  I encourage you to read the Celebration newsletter for a sense…

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Where are you located? Part IV

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As soon as I arrive in the office tomorrow I will begin calling architechts and design/construction contractors about the best use of our building over the start-up years.  The central library adjacent building from Part III has been acquired by another group.  Two weeks ago Manny and I headed out for more walk throughs and…

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Salut o Hola: Dec 7-19

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Tuesday, December 9th 6-7pm, SSDN Parents Meeting Wednesday, December 10th  7pm  French & Spanish School Project Group Meeting, large conference room Buder Library Friday, December 12th, 8:30-2:30pm: School Site Visit:  Beardstown Dual Language Immersion program Beardstown, IL. Saturday, December 13th, 7pm-11pm Off the Wall at City Hall! Get a babysitter and join us for an…

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Don’t take our word for it: Immersion Rocks!

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Thanks to Amanda and Kathy who both sent me links to the Babble article Bilingual Education: Si or Non? In this article one parent writes about why she and her family chose an immersion elementary and research/practice from other immersion and dual language programs nationwide.  If you’ve been following our story, it sounds a lot…

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