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They don’t mince words in Texas

April 26, 2015

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Some parents have asked me about programs that require families to sign a contract, much as charter schools sometimes do, spelling out what’s expected of students and families at the beginning.

Here’s the webpage of a new Mandarin immersion program starting up in Garland, Texas.

As I’ve written in my book, families sometimes choose Mandarin immersion not so much for the language itself but for the type of students their children will be in school with. In Garland, it’s clearly going to be an academically focused, disciplined bunch of kids.


What do Mandarin Immersion programs need?

April 26, 2015

Screen Shot 2015-04-26 at 7.19.50 PMThe Chinese Early Language and Immersion Network is asking for teacher input as it works to support Chinese in K – 12 programs. Please encourage your teachers and programs to go to their site and fill out the form.

San Mateo, Calif. Mandarin immersion program may be moved due to overcrowding

April 25, 2015

Next Steps committee nears goal: Officials to decide how to address San Mateo, Foster City school overcrowding
April 25, 2015, 05:00 AM By Austin Walsh Daily Journal

Residents have spoken and now it is time for officials in the San Mateo-Foster City Elementary School District to consider the feedback when developing strategies for how to best address overcrowded classrooms and campuses.

The Next Steps Advisory Committee wrapped up a second round of community outreach, which allowed members to gather feedback from residents regarding a variety of options targeted at solving problems caused by projected enrollment growth in coming years.

Committee members are charged with digesting the dialogue they had with the residents spread across nearly 20 community town hall meetings and forums in the last month, and then form a recommendation to the Board of Trustees regarding whether to pursue a bond measure that would fund building new facilities.

Residents gathered at College Park Elementary School Thursday, April 23 to express their opinion regarding the future of the campus, which officials are considering overhauling to offer a local school to the North Central neighborhood in San Mateo.

Currently the campus is home to a Mandarin immersion program, and a majority of students from the neighborhood are bused to a mix of other elementary schools throughout the district.

Please read more here.

Arizona immersion programs books overall scores significantly

April 16, 2015

World Language Learning Boosts Student Achievement

World Language Learning Boosts Student Achievement

A superintendent’s initiative to start a world language program beginning in elementary school has helped students consistently score higher than the district and state test averages.

Superintendent Debbi C. Burdick began the world language program in 2008 and integrated learning Spanish and Chinese languages into the elementary school level in her district of Cave Creek USD in Arizona.

Years later, students “in the various world language programs have excelled above and beyond district and state averages, pushing the district up in rankings to fifth out of 227 districts in Arizona,” according to an article on

Please read more here.

Wyoming Mandarin immersion program at gets NSA grant

April 15, 2015

Casper dual language program receives grant from National Security Agency

Paradise Valley Elementary School will receive $70,000 from the National Security Agency to support students learning Mandarin Chinese at the school.

The grant was announced and approved Monday night during a Natrona County School District board meeting.

The money will be used to support the school’s summer Mandarin Chinese immersion camp.

The grant money will help pay instructor salaries, said district spokesman Kelly Eastes.

The camp will take place July 8 through July 24, providing 144 students in grades K-5 at the school with a dual-language learning opportunity.

There will be morning and afternoon sessions. During each session, the camp has room for 20 incoming kindergartners, 20 first-graders from the school’s dual-language program and 22 spots for those in the second grade program.

In addition, there is space for 20 third through fifth grade students who are not in the dual language immersion program.

Please read more here.

Costa Mesa, Calif. to get Mandarin Immersion program

April 13, 2015

Mandarin, Spanish, arts, sciences: Schools showcase special programs

Costa Mesa, CA, United States

By Nicole Knight Shine
April 2, 2015 | 7:04 p.m.
Although her son is only 5, Sherrie Papa already sees a bilingual education as key to the boy’s future.

“You need more than one language,” said Papa, 39, as she looked over bilingual program brochures Wednesday night at an informational event hosted by the Newport-Mesa Unified School District.

The event was meant to let Newport-Mesa parents know about a raft of new academic programs for district students entering kindergarten and high school. Some of the programs emphasize bilingual education, while others focus on specific subjects, such as the arts, engineering and science.

In booths scattered around in the Costa Mesa High School quad, school principals and teachers fielded parents’ questions. More than 200 people turned out, organizers said.

Please read more here.

Summer Mandarin immersion camp list updated

April 12, 2015

I added some camps in China to the list, which might be of interest to folks planning their summer vacations.



List is here.


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