Saturday, March 14, 2009

Multilingual School Meeting in Bellevue

Did you know that there are 80 different languages spoken by kids at Bellevue schools? It's really mind-boggling, especially for the administrators I imagine.

So they've done something innovative to better involve immigrant parents: They've designed a workshop to really bring the important messages home.

The importance of teaching coping skills to children will be the primary topic, and will be communicated in English. Then, parents of five languages have been chosen to lead smaller groups to help educate other parents on the same subject--in their native language.

The languages chosen for this workshop are Korean, Chinese, Japanese, Spanish and Vietnamese. According to Assistant to the Superintendent Ann Oxrieder of Bellevue School District, this is the first time anything like this has been done in Bellevue. Kudos to the adminsitration for implementing this grassroots-level approach to involving more immigrant parents.

The meeting will take place on Monday evening at Sammamish High School, and is free. Read The Seattle Times article for more details!

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