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.

Important Documents:

Task Force Charter (PDF)
Intl/DLI Task Force Recommendations Part 1 (8/10/2016) **Posted 8/31/2016
Initial Recommendations pertaining to Issues A & B in the Task Force Charter
Response to Recommendations Part 1 by Supt. Nyland (9/28/2016) **Posted 10/4/2016

Timeline for Task Force Meetings:

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

Upcoming:

 

Thursday, April 27, 2017 5:30-7:30 pm JSCEE Auditorium - or may be changed

May ??, 2017 to be determined


additional meetings will be scheduled as needed



Past Meetings:


Monday, May 16, 2016 5:15-6:30 pm kick-off meeting JSCEE Room 2765
Materials needed:
Agenda
Task Force Charter (PDF)
Seattle School Board Policy No 2177 (adopted May 15, 2012)
Task Force Meeting Summary May 16, 2016

Thursday, June 2, 2016 5:15-6:30 pm JSCEE Room 2765
Note: 4:45 Celebration of graduating class of students from John Stanford International School Spanish and Japanese Immersion programs
Agenda
Task Force Meeting Summary May 16, 2016
Topics Work Groups
Task Force Meeting Summary June 2, 2016

Tuesday, June 14, 2016 5:15-7:30 pm JSCEE (Room 2772-2774)
Topics Work Groups
Work group meetings for:
- Funding and SPS Budget
- Data on International Schools
- Program Models

Wednesday, June 22, 2016
5:15-7:30 pm JSCEE (Room 2772-2774)
Full Task Force meeting
Agenda
Ed Central Portland Public Schools Dual Immersion
Task Force Meeting Summary June 2, 2016
Task Force Meeting Summary June 22, 2016
Assignment Plan Overview FAQs


Task Force Working Group Meetings Summer 2016 Topics Work Groups
Wednesday, July 20, 2016 6:30-8:30 pm JSCEE Room 2765
Monday, July 25, 2016 6:30-8:30 pm JSCEE Room 2765
Tuesday, August 9, 2016 6:30-8:30 pm JSCEE Room 2765
Tuesday, August 23, 2016 5:30-7:30 pm JSCEE Room 2765
Topics discussed:
* SPS International Schools/Dual Language Immersion Overview (8/23/2016)
* Intl-DLI Task Force Issues C-D
* Dual Language Immersion Models (Burnet, updated 2016)
* Program Models and Language of Initial Literacy in Two-Way Immersion Programs
(Center for Applied Linguistics - CAL 2009)
* Guiding Principles for Dual Language Education (CAL 2007)
* Current Models of DLI Programs in Seattle Public Schools (Aug 2016)

Wednesday, August 31, 2016 5:30-7:30 pm JSCEE Room 2765
* Continued discussion of Issue C: DLI Program Models and Issue D: Resources Needed for Sustainability

Thursday, September 8, 2016 5:30-7:30 pm JSCEE Room 2765
* Continued discussion of Issue C: DLI Program Models and Issue D: Resources Needed for Sustainability

Tuesday, September 27, 2016
6:00-7:30 pm Hamilton International Middle School
610 N 41st St, Seattle, WA 98103 Working Group meeting in the Library
Topics: Issue C: Program Models, Survey for Schools

Thursday, September 29, 2016 6:00-7:30 pm Mercer International Middle School
1600 S Columbian Way, Seattle, WA 98108 Working Group meeting in Room 134
Topics: Issue C: Program Models, start drafting next Recommendations

Thursday, October 6, 2016 5:30-7:30 pm JSCEE Auditorium
Task Force Meeting
Agenda
Response to Recommendations Part 1 by Supt. Nyland
Intl/DLI Task Force Recommendations Part 1
Issue C # of Languages Survey draft

Tuesday, October 11, 2016 5:30-7:30 pm Denny International Middle School
8402 30th Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98126 Working Group meeting (room 252)
Topics: Issue C: Program Models, Feedback from Schools, draft next Recommendations
Issue D: Sustainability, Equity, Teachers, Funding, and Resources

Thursday, November 10, 2016 5:30-7:30 pm JSCEE Auditorium
Full Task Force Meeting
Agenda
Topics: Feedback on Intl/DLI Task Force Recommendations Part 1 (Issues A & B)
Meeting Summary

Thursday, December 1, 2016 5:30-7:30 pm JSCEE Room 2776
Working Group
Issue C: Program Models - draft recommendations
Issue D: Sustainability, Equity, Teachers, Funding, and Resources - framework

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
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)

Meeting Summary




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.

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

** Deadline for submitting your application was Monday May 9, 2016. **

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.
** Deadline for submitting your application was Monday May 9, 2016. **

We are also organizing community outreach meetings throughout the city through April and May, 2016. Interpreters will be provided at each site for Spanish, Mandarin, and Japanese and additional languages as needed.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016 6:00-7:30 pm at Chief Sealth International High School
2600 SW Thistle St, Seattle, WA 98126 
Agenda | Presentation Handout | Discussion Questions Summary

Tuesday, May 3, 2016 6:00-7:30 pm at Mercer International Middle School
1600 S Columbian Way, Seattle, WA 98108
Agenda | Presentation Handout | Discussion Questions Summary

Thursday, May 12, 2016 6:00-7:30 pm at Hamilton International Middle School
610 N 41st St, Seattle, WA 98103
Agenda | Presentation Handout | Discussion Questions Summary

Thursday, May 19, 2016 6:00-7:30 pm at the Seattle World School
301 21st Ave E, Seattle, WA 98112
"Preparing Global Citizens"
Agenda | Presentation Handout | Discussion Questions Summary

Monday, June 20, 2016 6:00-7:00 pm at Concord International School
723 S Concord St, Seattle, WA 98108
Mandarin, Somali, Spanish, and Vietnamese interpretation provided and childcare.
Flyer in English | Somali | Spanish | Vietnamese
"International Schools and the Benefits of Dual Language Immersion"
Agenda | Presentation Handout | Discussion Questions Summary

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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