International Schools / Dual Language Immersion Task Force

“Our vision is to prepare students, in partnership with family and community, for global citizenship in an increasingly interdependent world.” SPS International Education Brochure (PDF)

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

Task Force Charter (PDF)
Intl/DLI Task Force Recommendations Part 1 (8/10/2016)
Initial Recommendations pertaining to Issues A & B in the Task Force Charter
Response to Recommendations Part 1 by Supt. Nyland (9/28/2016)
SPS International Schools/Dual Language Immersion Overview


Timeline for Task Force Meetings

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

Upcoming:

Spring 2017 meetings:

Thursday, June 8, 2017 5:30-7:00 pm JSCEE 2774
Updates from Jessica Beaver on the Intl/DLI Program Review Process
Finalize Recommendations Part 2

Past Meetings:

View 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
Agenda
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
Agenda | 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)


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 download and complete the
- ​Family/Community Application in Word-English or print PDF-English
- Family/Community Application in Word-Chinese or print PDF-Chinese
- Family/Community Application in Word-Japanese or print PDF-Japanese
- Family/Community Application in Word-Somali or print PDF-Somali
- Family/Community Application in Word-Spanish or print PDF-Spanish
- Family/Community Application in Word-Vietnamese or print PDF-Vietnamese

** Note: The Task Force will be extended until May 2018. Revised applications are now posted with a deadline for submission of May 23, 2017.**

Email it to maaoki@seattleschools.org or see directions on the form for mailing it.


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 download and complete the Teacher/Principal/Staff Application in Word or PDF. Email it to maaoki@seattleschools.org or see directions on the form for mailing it.

** Note: The Task Force will be extended until May 2018. Revised applications are now posted with a deadline for submission of May 23, 2017.**


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)

FACT SHEET: Supporting Dual Language Learners in Early Learning Settings
(White House 6/2/2016)

Dual Language Toolkit (Head Start)

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)

Washington State Kappan Fall 2007 Preparing Students for Responsible Citizenship in a Global Society (2007) The magazine featured an interview with Karen Kodama, "Global Education: Not Just For a Few," and articles by Walter Parker, "'International Education' in U.S. Schools: The Second Wave," and Michele Anciaux Aoki, "World Languages: State of the State."

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

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