A dual language event for parents is being hosted by School District U46 in Illinois, for four hours to give parents of students in the English/Spanish dual language program a chance to know more about their child’s experience.

The weekend event lasts four hours, providing information on the growing dual language programs, and the partnership between the district English Language Learners department and the Gail Borden Public Library.

Food and entertainment will be provided, and the keynote address will be given by Kim Potowski, a linguistics professor at the University of Illinois in Chicago.

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Parents can choose from a dozen sessions, such as understanding assessments, the district math curriculum and spending a day in a dual language classroom.

The dual language program originally began in preschool in 29 schools six years ago.  The program expanded by one grade level for each of the following years. Last year it expanded to middle school. Over 10,000 U46 students are enrolled with the goal of becoming bilingual and biliterate.

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