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add.a.lingua to Welcome Michigan Policy Makers to Discuss Effective Dual Language Immersion Education

Zeeland, MI — On Tuesday, April 28, add.a.lingua and Grand Valley State University Department of Modern Languages and Literatures will welcome Rep. Daniela Garcia and representatives from the office of Congressman Bill Huizenga and the Michigan Department of Education to a presentation by Diane J. Tedick, Ph.D., Associate Professor in Second Languages and Cultures Education at the University of Minnesota, titled, “dual language immersion education: what do we know?

add.a.lingua co-founders Lilah Ambrosi and Stacey Vanden Bosch released the following statements today about the event:

“Education reform is one of the great social justice issues of our day. add.a.lingua is honored to welcome Representative Garcia and representatives from Congressman Huizenga’s office and the Michigan Department of Education to a discussion on what the research on dual language immersion education teaches us about how to improve educational achievement for minority and majority language students. We thank these policy makers for their interest in locally driven education reform,” said Lilah Ambrosi.

“We’re passionate about ensuring every student in Michigan is given the best opportunity to succeed, and this includes the thousands of English language learners and limited English proficient students here in West Michigan,” added Stacey Vanden Bosch. “We look forward to a robust discussion with policy makers, business leaders, and Dr. Tedick about how effective dual language immersion education programs have the potential to close the achievement gap between majority and minority language students. We all have an interest in helping prepare students to meet the challenges of an increasingly multi-lingual and multi-cultural marketplace, and we thank Representative Garcia as well as Congressman Huizenga and the Michigan Department of Education for their commitment to education that works for all Michigan students.”

who: Dr. Tedick, Associate Professor in Second Languages and Cultures Education at the University of Minnesota
what: Presentation and discussion of the latest dual language immersion education research, open to the public
when: Tuesday, April 28, 2015 7-8 PM
where: Loosemore Auditorium, Grand Valley State University, 401 Fulton Street West, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

The event is free and open to the public. Please register online.

Media may receive credentials for this event by emailing: add.a.lingua@addalingua.com.

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