CALEC’s President delivered the keynote during the annual meeting of New York State Association of World Language Administrators (NYSAWLA), a professional organization that supports World Language leaders with professional development, advocacy efforts, access to resources and the development and administration of regional language exams.
Fabrice was able to present CALEC’s work and share success stories from the Bilingual Revolution, and presented examples from the Arabic, Chinese, German, Greek, French, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Russian, Spanish dual-language programs and parent-led initiatives.
The conference was held at Hofstra University on March 8, 2019. This year’s theme was “Let’s fulfill the promise! Bilingualism for ALL! All participants
FIGT’s New York Tri-State Affiliate hosted a workshop held at the New York Estonian House where we presented some of CALEC’s initiatives in support of parents and educators who seek to create more dual-language programs. CALEC advisory committee member Stefania P. Clegg, and Bernedetta Scardovi-Mounier, talked about the Italian dual-language program that was recently launched in Harlem.
STARTALK is a federal grant program
funded by the National Security Agency and administered by the National
Foreign Language Center at the University of Maryland. STARTALK grants
fund summer world language learning programs as well as professional
development programs for world language teachers. STARTALK grants
support programs for students and teachers of eleven critical need
languages: Arabic, Chinese, Dari, Hindi, Korean, Persian, Portuguese,
Russian, Swahili, Turkish, and Urdu.
Through these programs, the STARTALK program seeks to achieve three goals:
– Increase the number of students enrolled in the study of critical languages
– Increase the number of highly effective critical-language teachers in the U.S.
– Increase the number of highly effective materials and curricula available to teachers and students of critical-need languages
At the end of Fabrice Jaumont’s presentation featuring CALEC’s work via The Bilingual Revolution, all participants were offered access to TBR Books where they could download our ebooks and resources for free.
We were thrilled to give two presentations during Transforming Communities through Multilingualism, a three-day seminar hosted by the New York City Department of Education on November 5 and 7, 2018. CALEC President Fabrice Jaumont was able to present our flagship program, The Bilingal Revolution, and share his experiences about the importance of parents and grassroots efforts for New York’s multilingual learners. Other presenters included Dr. José Medina. Chancellor Richard Carranza, Dr. Linda Chen, Kathleen Leos, Dr. Margarita Calderón, and many more.
We are even more convinced that NYC will gain tremendously from offering dual language programs in as many languages as possible. We believe bilingual education is for all. The time to do this is now! Being bilingual is the new norm and it must start with our youngest citizens.
CALEC participated in the 2018 FLENJ (Foreign Language Educators of New Jersey) Annual Conference in April. The theme was: “What Will Your Ripple Be? Global Change Starts with You!” The two-day conference was about promoting world language proficiency, helping teacher practice and leadership, and more. In addition to attending the conference, Fabrice Jaumont gave the keynote address during FLENJ Leadership Dinner on Friday April 13. Alongside FLENJ members and representatives of various organizations such as AATF, AATG, AATSP, and NNELL, Fabrice Jaumont presented CALEC’s mission in support of a future of education in two languages.