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Now two years later, we have still yet to see such a plan.

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Initiatives that are so effective in narrowing the achievement and opportunity gaps need to be given the financial stability to be deliberate and sustainable. While this detailed plan is being developed, it is important not to miss the opportunity to leverage existing community support for the expansion of these programs where it exists, as, once missed, recreating community support is costly, time consuming and often not possible. Also, while the details of the plan are continuing to be worked out, we believe it is in the interest of equity, diversity and inclusive learning to prioritize expanding the number of multilingual program seats by ensuring DCPS current strand programs become whole school.

Please refer to our Strand v. There should, for example, be a major focus on dual language immersion schools. It is also the most effective. Make full use of Title I and Title III funding New budget sources need to be identified to expand multilingual programs to neighborhoods where English learners are not prevalent, as the current Title III federal dollars will not be available for programs that do not serve English learners.

We believe Title I funds can and should be used to expand multilingual programs in Title I communities. See example from Oakland School District. Increasing Dual Language programs is a cost efficient way of increasing achievement for all our District students.

It should be based on thorough, longitudinal analysis of existing DC-wide data to include data on demand across all types of programming, enrollment trends in existing dual language programs, analysis of skills gap as it relates to linguistic and cultural competence, and data on current partner language assessments.

DC Immersion has begun parts of this analysis in partnership with research institutes and DC area universities. A strategic plan for expanding dual language programs requires a great deal of prior knowledge, willing partners and human resources and needs to approach a number of issues including the following: DC Immersion believes making the existing dual language strand programs into whole school programs presents 6 critical advantages for DCPS: Rapid increase in highly desirable dual language program seats 2.

Increase in achievement 3. Significant improvement in unsustainable school culture issues 4. More efficient use of school based resources 5. Equity of access 6. Clearer and more robust feeders Increase in desirable dual language program seats Data from the My School DC lottery published by the DC Public Charter School Board shows a further increase in demand for dual language programs, and waitlists of over 1, for all bar one PCS dual language programs, way longer than all other types of program, bar one exception.

Unfortunately, we do not have access to DCPS data, but we assume it is similar. Demand for dual language programs far outweighs spaces. Of the different ways for DCPS to capitalize on student enrollment and retention through desirability of dual language programs, turning strands into whole school programs is the most logical and efficient. This must be a priority also due to the problematic school culture issues that are currently attributed to dual language rather than to the inherent dynamics of strand programs.

This misattribution of the causes of the dysfunction confuse the issue and taint the conversation around further expanding dual language programs. Increase in achievement There is little doubt in the academic and research communities about the positive impact of dual language education on achievement. DC Immersion is partnering with University of Maryland on longitudinal research specific to achievement in DC dual language programs.

In the meantime, DCPS can rely on its internal data on achievement in these programs to support the need to expand dual language programs to whole school.

Additionally, research shows that the benefits of dual language are independent of language spoken at home or socioeconomic status, making the case for expansion to primarily English speaking populations even stronger. The additional opportunity brought by biliteracy is an added incentive.

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Improvement in school culture School culture within at least two of the four schools with a dual language strand is near breaking point with physical and verbal aggression and divisiveness. The strand model creates a competition for the emotional, financial, and space resources of a school. The inherent internal ranking of differing programs within the same building and under the same administration create both real and perceived division which adversely affects school culture.

A whole school approach would allow shared vision and goals for the school, strengthening every aspect of the community. Additionally, we know anecdotally that a significant number of students in the English only strand were on the waitlist for the dual language program and less satisfied and less attached to the school as a result of being matched in the English only program.

In at least one of the strand schools, a select number of students are permitted to move from the English only program into the dual language program between years at the early grades. Efficient use of school resources A dual language strand model unnecessarily diverts valuable time and energy away from education and precludes the ability to create a more visible and tangible immersive environment benefiting all children.

To emerge as truly bilingual and bi-literate, students need context, exposure and greater opportunity than the strand model allows. We know from initial findings on research by the University of Maryland Foreign Language Center, that dual language programs bring socio-economic and racial diversity to classes and schools. We also know that students that receive special education services can be effectively provided those services in the context of a dual language program.

Expanding strands to whole school presents the opportunity to include the African American community traditionally left out of the conversation surrounding dual language and bilingualism. It also presents the opportunity to include students that receive special education services and more English Language Learners who rely on dual language programs to narrow the achievement gap.

In this particular situation, that extra effort will most definitely be appreciated. Dressing well shows that you value yourself and respect your company. The first time my now-husband met my parents, he was dressed as if we were going out on a nice date and he brought my mom an orchid.

She whispered, 'Marry that man' to me. Do Your Homework The best way to avoid finding yourself in an awkward conversation with her parents where you accidentally bring up a sore spot is to do your homework in advance, and have an honest conversation with your lady about what not to bring up around her family.

Get a feel for their sense of humor, tolerance for slang or vulgar language, other personal sensitivities such as age. Ask your significant other, with the explanation that you want to make the best impression to her parents. I think it's a common question to ask, but it inevitably starts a whole speech from all of my older in-laws about how my sister's time will come and all of that. If that conversation was going to get started again, I didn't want the new guy I was introducing to my family to be the one to bring it up.

Mind Your Manners It's important to keep in mind that every household operates a little bit differently in terms of what's acceptable and what's considered rude. So make sure you get on the same page with your S. The first time my boyfriend met my family he picked up on this, and made it a point to make sure my grandma had everything she needed right there in front of her at the table, refilling what she was drinking and serving her food.

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It actually became a bit of a joke, and he started pretending to be her butler toward the middle of the meal, and he started referring to him as Jeeves! It definitely scored him some major brownie points. Engage In Conversation Don't just sit there like a deer in headlights, waiting for someone at the dinner table to ask you questions.

When you show interest in them as individuals, they have an opportunity to have their own relationships with you, which will make a future relationship more viable. Parents can be mean and they will absolutely judge you. My best piece of advice would be to get good at making conversation with your significant other's folks right off the bat. Pay Sincere Compliments Parents are excellent bullshit detectors. So if you're going to pay them a compliment and you shouldbe sure that you're giving one that comes off as sincere — not just an empty compliment for the sake of being polite.

Reinforce something positive that your significant other told you was important to her parents. For example, say she told you that her parents did volunteer work at a local hospital. If that's the case, you could say, 'Your daughter told me about your volunteer work, that must be very satisfying. It can sound glib and insincere. My mom knows this and even so, every time I'm home visiting she talks for hours about the new additions to her vegetable garden, and how the tomatoes or whatever is in season are doing.

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I told this to my boyfriend, and when he first met my mom he complimented her garden, and from there he was in.