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Group working to start Mandarin immersion program in San Jose, Calif.

July 19, 2014

NOTE: THE MEETING IS JULY 27 The group will be holding a community meeting Sunday July 27 at 3pm.
It will be in Q84 Mary Campbell Room, Campbell Community Center, 1 West Campbell Ave, Campbell CA 95008.
Their website and Facebook information is and

Wei Yu International Charter School

The Wei Yu International Charter School will provide a challenging and comprehensive learning environment for Kindergarten through eighth grade students, preparing them to be lifelong learners and engaged global citizens. The school mission is to:

  • ●  Provide a bilingual and biliterate education that cultivates students’ emotional intelligence, wonder, and curiosity
  • ●  Promote high academic achievement, civic and moral responsibility, and a sense of accountability so that students are primed to be productive citizens in a dynamic global societyWei Yu International Charter School will be a K-8 public charter Mandarin Chinese immersion school located in West San Jose. We are currently petitioning in the Moreland School District. The school is slated to open in the fall of 2015 with two classes of kindergarten and two classes of first grade.We will utilize a Mandarin Chinese immersion model. Students will be offered a challenging, Common Core-aligned curriculum starting with 80% instruction in Mandarin Chinese and 20% in English. Children will initially receive more instruction in Mandarin Chinese because it will take more effort to learn a foreign language in an English dominant society. Based on the model, subjects taught in Mandarin Chinese will gradually transfer to English in upper grades.

    Wei Yu International will offer a well-rounded, world-class education including programs in the arts, music, and physical education. Wei Yu International’s education program will be based on the most current research and best practices in high performing schools. We will employ technology as a tool for learning, research, and production. Our students will develop skills in critical thinking and problem solving, creativity, communication, and cultural awareness.

    The founding families of Wei Yu International Charter School include professionals in education, technology, finance, business, and law who recognize that the world is an interconnected environment and are passionate about creating an opportunity for our children to be fully prepared as global citizens in the 21st century.


Louisiana Mandarin program very popular with parents

July 13, 2014

Spots still open for Lafayette language immersion programs

A few kindergartners can still learn French, Spanish

“We have one teacher with fourth and fifth grade and one teacher with second and third grade. Until the numbers get bigger, we’ll continue to do that” Nicole Boudreaux, parish school system’s world language specialist on the Mandarin Chinese immersion program

 The parish school system’s popular foreign languageimmersion programs still have a few spots left for kindergartners to begin learning their subjects in French orSpanish, school officials say.

Nicole Boudreaux, the school system’s world language specialist, said such programs often have waiting lists of varying lengths — shorter at some schools than others.

Please read more here.

NBC News: Asian language immersion schools growing in popularity

July 3, 2014

Getting oh so very close on this book of mine

June 30, 2014

UPDATE: Some folks have asked about pre orders on Amazon. I can’t set that up until I’ve created the book on the Amazon site, which won’t happen for another month. But believe me, I’ll get the word out once it’s ready!



Here’s the final cover. And I’m handing off the entire manuscript to the designer on Thursday. Hoping to have it available as an Amazon ebook as well as a print-on-demand book in August in time for school to start.

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Pioneer Valley Chinese immersion expands by 38,500 feet

June 28, 2014

Chinese Charter School in Hadley celebrates start of expansion that will double the school’s size

Fontaine Brothers of Springfield started buidling a 38,500-square-foot addition to the Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School in Hadley last month. State, school and United States officials celebrated the groundbreaking last week. (Diane Lederman/The Republican)

Diane Lederman | dlederman@repub.comBy Diane Lederman | 

on June 24, 2014 at 3:57 PM, updated June 24, 2014 at 3:59 PM

HADLEY – Seven years ago, the Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School began in a rental space in South Amherst with just a kindergarten and first grade class.

And now the immersion school is on the cusp of seeing a full kindergarten through grade 12thgrade program.

The school, which relocated to space in Hadley soon after opening, recently celebrated the groundbreaking of a new 38,500-square-foot space behind the school on Route 9. It will more than double the current space now.

Work on the site began May 1. Fontaine Brothers of Springfield is building and Principal Kathleen Wang said they are hoping the new building will be ready for January 2015.

Please read more here.

Help choose the cover for A Parent’s Guide to Mandarin Immersion

June 19, 2014

Note that the title in Chinese translates as “Chinese-English bilingual education – Parent’s guide”

(And as a careful (thanks!) reader notes below, the 中 in 中英双语教育-家长指南 got dropped off, I’ll make sure the designer adds it back.)

That’s specifically because all two-way immersion programs in the United States are meant to teach English-speaking student Chinese and Chinese-speaking students English. So they are meant to be bilingual. It’s the wording that’s used in most Mandarin immersion programs in California.

There is a chapter in the book for Chinese-speaking parents, although it’s mostly aimed at English-speakers who know no Chinese.

The last round on the design, several people suggested adding in the grid lines that are commonly used to help students correctly write characters, which I liked. Any other major red flags? I only get one more round with the designer so I want to make it count.

And should anyone else need to find someone to design a book cover, I highly recommend Nice, guy (he’s in England), reasonable fees and he works quickly.



Second round

Pioneer Valley immersion program begins new building construction

June 18, 2014

Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School celebrates as construction of addition begins in Hadley

  • JERREY ROBERTS<br/>Members of The Singing Dragons sing Tuesday during a ground-breaking ceremony at the Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School in Hadley. The addition will double the size of the school. Sally Rogers, right, leads the group.JERREY ROBERTS
    Members of The Singing Dragons sing Tuesday during a ground-breaking ceremony at the Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School in Hadley. The addition will double the size of the school. Sally Rogers, right, leads the group. Purchase photo reprints »
  • JERREY ROBERTS<br/>Members of The Singing Dragons sing Tuesday during a ground-breaking ceremony at the Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School in Hadley. The addition will double the size of the school. Sally Rogers, right, leads the group.
  • JERREY ROBERTS<br/>A group of children play soccer Tuesday at the Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School in Hadley while waiting for a ground-breaking ceremony to begin. An addition to the school will double its size.

“It wasn’t a gift I could give them,” she said.

Now, she is excited about the opportunity to expose her daughter Libby Hayes, who is finishing first grade, and her son Robbie Hayes, a fourth grader, to the Chinese language through their high school years.

Cummings was among several dozen parents at an upbeat ceremony Tuesday outside the school to celebrate as construction begins of a four-story, 38,400-square-foot addition that will more than double the size of the school, now at 30,000 square-feet.

The addition will also make it the first kindergarten through Grade 12 Chinese immersion school in the country, Keith Barnicle, district representative for U.S. Congressman James McGovern of Worcester, told those in attendance Tuesday. McGovern’s office wrote a letter in support of the $10.6 million loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development that made the addition possible.

Please read more here.


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