Language News: Latino Advocacy Group Starts Bilingual Cyber Charter School – Learning the Language – Education Week

Learn the Language, a blog which falls under the umbrella of Education Week, is reporting that the first bilingual online charter school in Pennsylvania was launched in December.  ASPIRA of Pennsylvania, a group that advocates on behalf of Latinos and runs several other charter schools in Pennsylvania, is behind this new school, which may benefit students whose family obligations make traditional schools more difficult to attend.

You can read the write-up by Mary Ann Zehr at this link, and check out the rest of the blog–which looks to be particularly useful to those interested in bilingual education issues.

Latino Advocacy Group Starts Bilingual Cyber Charter School – Learning the Language – Education Week.


About LingEducator

Dr. Jaclyn Ocumpaugh received a PhD for her dissertation on regional variation in the acoustics of Mexican American English (Michigan State University, East Lansing). Before that, she received an MA in English/Linguistics from North Carolina State University for her work on the acoustics of /r/--a sound which is highly variable in the English language. Her passion, however, has always been to understand the social implications of language variation. In addition to her work in acoustic sociophonetics, she has worked with rape trial analysis, developed cognitive methods for understanding discourse level variation between men and women, and created sophisticated tools for teaching future educators about the kinds of dialect variation they will find in the classroom. She has taught classes in English, Linguistics, and Education at Old Dominion University, William & Mary, the University of Mary Washington, and Virginia Wesleyan College. She is currently a Post Doctoral Fellow of Learning Sciences and Technologies at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, where she is helping to develop models of student engagement in the classroom. She also consults in the private sector.
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