The Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the US presents a series of webinars for parents and educators who are interested in creating bilingual dual-language programs in public schools. Hosted by author and Education Attaché, Fabrice Jaumont, these webinars will uncover how parents can make a difference in their community by starting dual-language programs and providing opportunities for more children to become multilingual.
Episode 1: Community Outreach
In order to create a dual-language program in your local school you’ll need to connect with dozens, if not hundreds, of individuals in your community and form a base of interested families. You can start by forming a core group of parents you know and trust. These are parents who will take part in your shared vision even if they do not have children who will benefit from this initiative. This webinar will help you understand the cultural nuances upon which a specific community will judge your proposal, identify partners, and create committees that will support your initiative. Guest speakers include parents who successfully created dual-language programs. The PowerPoint file is available here.
Episode 2: Finding a Host School
Once you’ve gathered a group of parents who share your goal of launching a dual-language program, you must prepare your data and present it to a principal and/or a school community. Before approaching a school principal with your proposal, it is advisable to build a rationale for a local strategy as well as a persuasive argument that will help you convince the school principal as well as other appropriate administrators of the importance of your proposal. This webinar will help you develop a convincing rationale and develop a strategy to locate a school. Guest speakers will include parents who have successfully created dual-language programs as well as school principals. The PowerPoint file is available here.
Episode 3: Launching the Program
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Once the school principal is on board, you and your group must focus your attention on several other aspects. Most importantly, you will have to secure the required number of families, make sure that they enroll their children in the program, provide support at all levels, organize fundraisers, and create partnerships. Guest speakers will include parents who have successfully created dual-language programs as well as school principals.