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    “Our vision is to prepare students, in partnership with family and community, for global citizenship in an increasingly interdependent world.” 

    Seattle Public Schools has initiated a process for studying the impacts, risks, and benefits of sustaining and expanding Seattle’s International Schools and Dual Language Immersion programs through the establishment of an International Schools / Dual Language Immersion Task Force. The role of the task force is to gather, analyze, review, and consider information and data and to prepare a report to the Superintendent of Schools regarding Seattle’s International Schools and Dual Language Immersion programs. The Superintendent will use this report, along with other important data, to make recommendations to the School Board for potential changes in the 2017-18 school year and beyond.

    Important Documents


    Timeline for Task Force Meetings

    John Stanford Center for Educational Excellence (JSCEE)
    2445 3rd Ave. S, Seattle, WA 98134

    Upcoming:

    The Task Force expects to hold two full Task Force meetings in January and February. The dates will be posted by the end of December.

    January, 2018 5:30-7:00 pm JSCEE Room TBD
    Full Task Force
    Topics:
    1. Discussion of Task Force Recommendations Part 2: Program Models for Dual Language Immersion Programs
    2. Consensus vote to accept the recommendations and forward them to Supt. Nyland
    3. Introduction of draft Task Force Recommendations Part 3: Sustainability

    February, 2018 5:30-7:00 pm JSCEE Room TBD
    Full Task Force
    Topics:
    1. Discussion of Task Force Recommendations Part 3: Sustainability
    2. Consensus vote to accept the recommendations and forward them to Supt. Nyland
    3. Discussion of Community Meetings planned for March

    March 2018
    We are planning three Community Meetings in March at Denny International Middle School, Mercer International Middle School, and Hamilton International Middle School to share the final results from the Intl/DLI Task Force, as well as the Intl/DLI Program Review Final Report.


    Past Meetings:

    View previous agendas and summaries from Task Force Meetings 2016.

    Thursday, January 26, 2017 5:30-7:30 pm JSCEE Room 3rd Floor Commons
    Working Group
    Issue C: Program Models - draft recommendations

    Thursday, February 9, 2017 5:30-7:30 pm JSCEE Auditorium
    Working Group | Overview of Draft Intl/DLI Program Evaluation Plan
    Review Draft Recommendations Issue C: Program Models

    Thursday, March 9, 2017 5:30-7:30 pm JSCEE Auditorium
    Full Task Force Meeting
    Meeting Summary
    Intl Schools/DLI Program Evaluation Presentation Handout
    Program Evaluation Overview
    Portland Study https://casls.uoregon.edu/research/chinese-immersion-research/
    Download the full report: Part 1 and Part 2
    SPS Intl/DLI Summary of Portland Immersion Study (discussed at the meeting)

    Thursday, May 11, 2017 5:30-7:00 pm JSCEE 2774
    Meeting Summary
    Updates from Jessica Beaver on the Intl/DLI Program Review Process | Handout
    Overview of Program Review (1 slide)
    Draft Dual Language Immersion Fidelity Checklist
    (for most current version, contact maaoki@seattleschools.org)

    Thursday, June 8, 2017 5:30-7:00 pm JSCEE 2774
    Meeting Summary
    Updates from Jessica Beaver on the Intl/DLI Program Review Process
    Follow-up on Recommendations Part 1

    Thursday, September 14, 2017 5:30-7:00 pm JSCEE Auditorium
    Full Task Force Meeting
    - Intl Schools/DLI Program Review Presentation
    by Dr. Jessica Beaver, 
    Senior Research Scientist, SPS Research & Evaluation
    (The full final report will be submitted to the School Board at the end of September and presented at the School Board Work Session October 11, 2017.)
    Update on Plans for the Task Force


    Family/Community Representation

    Our goal is for the task force to include parent/guardian, family, and community members who represent the diversity of Seattle Public Schools and who can provide valuable insight and perspective regarding the future of Seattle’s International Schools and Dual Language Immersion programs. The family and community members on the committee should bring an open mind, a passion for student learning, and a willingness to engage in inquiry, meaningful dialogue, and collaboration throughout the task force process.

    *NEW* The application process has been reopened for 2017-2018.

    To apply, please contact Michele Aoki maaoki@seattleschools.org to receive a copy of the application.  


    Teacher/Principal/Staff Representation

    Our goal is for the task force to include teachers and principals who represent the diversity of Seattle Public Schools and who can provide valuable insight and perspective regarding the future of Seattle’s International Schools and Dual Language Immersion programs. The teacher and principal members on the committee should bring an open mind, a passion for student learning, and a willingness to engage in inquiry, meaningful dialogue, and collaboration throughout the task force process.

    To apply, please contact Michele Aoki maaoki@seattleschools.org to receive a copy of the application. 


    Community Meetings

    View agendas and summaries from previous Community Meetings in 2016: Task Force Meetings 2016.

    Wednesday, January 18, 2017 7:30-8:30 pm at John Stanford International School
    Presentation for the PTA | Presentation Handout

    For more information or to submit comments, contact Dr. Michele Anciaux Aoki, International Education Administrator maaoki@seattleschools.org.


    Background Information

    International Schools / Dual Language Immersion Task Force Background and Issues

    Narrated PowerPoints

    K-12 Dual Language Articulation for Seattle Public Schools (June 2016)


    Publications and Videos

    POLICY STATEMENT ON SUPPORTING THE DEVELOPMENT OF CHILDREN WHO ARE DUAL LANGUAGE LEARNERS IN EARLY CHILDHOOD PROGRAMS
    (US Dept of Ed and US Dept of Health & Human Services)

    The Benefits of Teaching in Two Languages (The Atlantic 5/29/2016)

    KCTS Pathways to Excellence > Denny International Middle School
    KCTS Pathways to Excellence > Chief Sealth International High School
    World Language Credit Program (launched in Seattle in 2011)

    Asia Society CELIN > Seattle Mandarin Immersion Programs (2015)

    Sealth High School's World Water Week Inspires and Educates (2014)

    Seattle International School Guidelines (PDF) (2009)

    Edutopia > World Party John Stanford International School (2006)


    Previous Grants

    International Education Washington (Longview Foundation) Grants (2010 and earlier)
    FLAP Grant for Chinese 2006-2009
    Magnet Grant 1998-2001