Language Planning Committee

Update 3/29/2004

UW Partnership Summary for Global Outlook

We submitted an article for the upcoming Global Outlook (To view current and past issues, see Hamilton International Middle School > International Education.)

About the UW Partnership
The University of Washington has designated the John Stanford International School and Hamilton International Middle School as Partnership/Lab Schools. Among other things, the UW provides curriculum development support, language and cultural assistance, student interns, tutors, and advice. The international schools in turn serve as lab schools for academic research and teacher preparation.

plus reports about Linguistics and Education projects with the schools.

Grants for Proficiency Assessment

The John Stanford International School Grants Committee is working on several possible proposals to fund projects at the school, including language proficiency assessment. Michele is planning to meet with Manka and Julia on April 7 to look at the criteria for the Spencer Foundation to see if the UW might be interested in submitting a proposal for a longer term study.

Meeting on Communication Pieces on Immersion

Brent, Maria, Karen, and Michele met March 2 to review the resources from the visit to Key Elementary in January, 2000. Brent and Maria will decide this spring which pieces they'd like to adapt for Stanford. (See Update 2/12/2004 for the list of documents reviewed.)

Resource Development Day

Paloma Borreguero and Marcos Garcia came to JSIS on March 19 to meet with Spanish immersion teachers to look at how to use web lesson plans from the Ministry of Spain and Mexico. Many thanks to Paloma and Marcos for spending this time at John Stanford. The teachers found it very valuable.

WAFLT Conference - Immersion Strand
March 20, 2004 9:00 am - 4:00 pm at PLU in Tacoma

A number of teachers from John Stanford and Hamilton attended the Immersion Strand classes at the WAFLT (Washington Association For Language Teaching) Conference on March 20 at PLU. Thanks to an immersion grant at PLU, all immersion teachers and IAs who wanted to come were able to receive scholarships to cover the registration fee. Maria Buceta Miller and Brent Hester from John Stanford hosted sessions 1 and 2, while Angela Davila of Bellevue School District hosted session 3.

The sessions were a great opportunity for networking since teachers (and some principals) came from:

  • Seattle (John Stanford and Hamilton)
  • Bellevue (Sunset Elementary and Tillicum Middle)
  • Tacoma (Sheridan Elementary and Stewart Middle)
  • Portland (Richmond Elementary

We focused on topics that the teachers had identified as of interest to them via an immersion survey we collected before the conference. For more information, see:

One suggestion at the conference was to set up a listserv for the immersion teachers to exchange ideas, questions, and suggestions. It is If you'd like to subscribe to it, let me know, and I'll add your email

Upcoming Conference - Anyone interested in attending?

Manka sent me this notice about an upcoming conference with some big-name presenters. Is anyone from this group interested in attending it?

Pathways to Bilingualism:
Evolving Perspectives on Immersion Education

October 21-23, 2004
Radisson-Metrodome Hotel
Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

Featured Speakers: Fred Genesee, Kathryn Lindholm-Leary, Roy Lyster, Myriam Met, Merrill Swain

The Immersion Projects at the Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition at the University of Minnesota and conference planning committee members are seeking proposals for papers, discussion sessions, and symposia on all aspects of immersion education for Pathways to Bilingualism. This second international conference on immersion education will be held October 21-23, 2004 at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. In addition to basic, applied and evaluation research, conference organizers welcome a range of practitioner perspectives including immersion teachers, administrators, curriculum coordinators, and specialists who work in immersion programs. Papers, discussion sessions, and symposia may report on data-based research, theoretical and conceptual analyses, or best practices in language immersion education.

This conference on immersion education aims to bring together immersion teachers, researchers, and other professionals to initiate and sustain meaningful dialogue across languages, levels, program models and sociopolitical contexts. Targeted K-16 contexts include: foreign language immersion in the more commonly taught and less commonly taught languages, dual language immersion, and immersion for linguistic and cultural revitalization involving heritage and indigenous populations. Each of these educational programs embraces the concept of additive bilingualismó the acquisition of a second language while continuing to develop the first. The conference will focus on four broad themes: Program Design and Development, Assessment and Program Evaluation, Immersion Pedagogy and Language Development, and Policy and Advocacy.

The extended deadline for submission of proposals for papers and symposia is March 1, 2004. The online submission form is available on the CARLA website

For further information, email the conference planning committee at:

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