Flowery sets dual-immersion information night

Flowery Elementary School will host a Dual-Immersion Kindergarten Information Night at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29, at the school.

For families thinking about enrolling their children at Flowery, this is the night to learn about the program, ask questions and consider the benefits.

Dual-immersion staff and parents will explain how curricula and teaching resources in both English and Spanish are used to deliver a Common Core Standards-based program. The evening will include a few words from students, an overview of dual-immersion, demo lessons and open discussion groups for both English and Spanish-speaking parents of prospective students.

Based on a successful model developed in the 1960s in Quebec, dual-immersion education provides children with fluency and literacy in two languages while cultivating greater cognitive flexibility, increased attention control, better memory and enhanced problem-solving skills.

Dual-immersion at Flowery began in 1998 with 20 students and a $1 million Title VII grant. In December 2004, the school board voted to make Flowery a “dual immersion school of choice.” Then in 2006, Flowery was awarded a $500,000 Foreign Language Assistance Program grant to support final expansion. In partnership with Adele Harrison’s dual-immersion program, Flowery was awarded the Jack London Award for Educational Innovation in 2009 by Sonoma State University’s School of Education.

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