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Creating a Dual-Language Magnet School for Hartford Region

Saturday April 13, 2013
Learning Corridor in Hartford, CT

Join our discussion on creating a dual-language magnet school for the Hartford region. Dual-language schools (also known as two-way immersion) enroll balanced numbers of English-speakers and native speakers of the partner language (such as Spanish), and design a curriculum for all students to learn both languages. Dual-language schools have successfully brought together English- and Spanish-speaking students for a quality education in other parts of the United States. How can we draw upon this model to create an interdistrict magnet school for city and suburban students in the Hartford region?

Co-sponsored by: Achieve Hartford, the Sheff Movement, and the Educational Studies Program at Trinity College


  • Andrea Dyrness (Trinity College) and Enrique Sepulveda (University of Saint Joseph) “Why a Dual Language School? ¿Por qué una escuela de dos idiomas?”
  • Liz Howard (U. of Connecticut), on what dual-language research tells us
  • Marina Perez Taverner, on starting-up a dual language school and curriculum design
  • Robert Cotto Jr. (Hartford Board of Education) on HPS feasibility study and English-language learners in Hartford & Connecticut
  • Jim Boucher (Sheff Movement) and Paul Holzer (Achieve Hartford) lead discussion on next steps for making this model work in the metropolitan Hartford region

Featured video: students & parents at Puentes dual-language immersion program, Regional Multicultural Magnet School, New London, CT (by Nyesha McCauley, Achieve Hartford)



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