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Bailey’s Elementary School

6111 Knollwood Drive,

Falls Church, Virginia

22041

Contact Information

Shane Wolfe, Principal

baileyselementary@gmail.com

Grade

Elementary School

Type of Program

Dual Language Immersion

Over 1200 students make up our school community. Together, they represent over 40 countries of origin and over 20 different languages spoken at home. Individually, our students have talents that range across the arts, academics, physical skills, interpersonal skills, and others. Each of these talents is nurtured and valued. Our teachers and staff are an incredible group of high-achievers. In just the last five years, we have had eight teachers publish books that reach a wide national audience. We haveRead More ...

Taking Our Bilingual Parenting Revolution to The White House

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As some of you might know, Ana and I just got back from an amazing trip to Washington D.C. where we were honored to take part in LATISM’s first ever #TopBlogueras Retreat. As part of the event, we received a once-in-a-lifetime invitation to go to the White House to attend a special policy briefing about education, health and the economy, among other topics. As soon as we saw that one of the panelists was Andrea Ceja, the chief of staffRead More ...

A Glance at Bilingualism Across the U.S. {Infographic}

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Via: BestCollegesOnline.com We’re totally loving this Bilingualism Across the U.S. infographic created by BestCollegesOnline.com! The graphic speaks for itself and we’re sure many of you are already aware of the info included, but we think it’s a great way to share with others why we consider bilingualism such an amazing benefit! ...

When Bilingual Education Is NOT Okay

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Puerto Rico announced yesterday that it aims to make all its public school students bilingual by the year 2022. To that end, Gov. Luis Fortuño has proposed a plan to require all public schools to teach all courses in English instead of Spanish — except for Spanish grammar and literature, of course. On the surface, this might seem like a good plan, after all, we all know the power of bilingualism. But once you look at it for what itRead More ...

How The Library Can Help You Raise A Bilingual Child

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A couple of years ago, I had the pleasure of attending the National Latino Children’s Literature Conference, held every two years in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. The conference is organized by Dr. Jamie Campbell Naidoo, an expert on the portrayal of Latino cultures in children’s books and media (and recently consulted by Sesame Street as they focus on their Latino storylines!). Dr. Naidoo had organized an event at his local library as part of the conference to celebrate El día de losRead More ...

How Reading Skills Transfer Across Languages

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Many Spanish-speaking parents hesitate to teach their children to read in their home language because they worry that this will make it more difficult for their children to learn to read in English. Nothing could be farther from the truth! In fact, the more children know about reading in their first language, the easier it will be for them to learn to read in English. Thinking first about pre-readers, we know from years of research that there are certain foundationalRead More ...

Multilingual Education Fair in Los Angeles

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A good friend tipped me off to this event put together by the Parents Education League for parents looking for multilingual education offers in the Los Angeles area. This Sunday, April 15th from 2:00-5:00 pm you can go to Vistamar school in El Segundo and meet preschools and K-12 public and private schools offering foreign language curriculum and find information about language enrichment programs and products in a single location.  They will also have an arts and crafts area forRead More ...

No Dual Language Immersion School for My Son…Yet

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Editor’s note: This is a guest post by Daisy Galvis, a Colombian-American actress living in North Hollywood, CA with her husband and two bilingual children.  I’m still reeling. My son was not chosen to attend the Immersion Spanish Program in Glendale. I toured Franklin Elementary school, which has an Immersion Language Program, back in 2010 and 2011 . The sight of kids speaking German, Italian, and Spanish just melted my heart on the spot. I knew this was where my son, Jones, wouldRead More ...

Our Experience With Homeschool Spanish Academy

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Recently my 13 year old son and I got to try out an online video-conferencing Spanish program called, “Homeschool Spanish Academy” and we’re really excited to share our experience with SpanglishBaby readers. Homeschool Spanish Academy – What is it? Founded in 2010, Homeschool Spanish Academy is an online “Spanish institution that offers interactive immersion lessons with native-speaking Spanish instructors in Central America,” (Guatemala to be exact.) As the name indicates, Homeschool Spanish Academy is aimed at homeschooled children, but IRead More ...

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