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Educational Leadership Summit II

Are you ready to reflect on specific social, cultural, economic, political and ongoing educational administration and leaderships issues of today's education? Then prepare to attend a free and open forum especially designed for school leaders, teachers, LEAD alumni, ELAD graduate stuents and community leaders.
Where? Northeastern Illinois University, main campus
When? Monday, June 27, 2011, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Cost? Donation: a K-12 bilingual book
How? RSVP: A-Serafin@neiu.edu or 773-442-5525
Perks? Free Parking and Food, 06 CPDUs

YOU ARE INVITED! INTERACTIVE FORUM FOR TEACHERS AND PARENTS

Multilingual Chicago presents IS THERE A FUTURE IN BILINGUAL EDUCATION? on Saturday, June 4, from 8:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. To begin the forum, a panel of specialists will make brief presentations on the present state of Bilingual Early Childhood, Bilingual Special Education, Heritage Language and Dual Language Education, Bilingual Education and Parent Advocacy.Then you get to choose a break-out room to discuss your ideas, hopes and concerns. St. Augustine College,1345 West Argyle, Chicago, will host this event. Teachers. you may earn CPDU's for your participation.

The Gift That Keeps On Giving

Have you seen the latest news on TV, the Internet and in the newspapers? Researchers are now reporting that being BILINGUAL may actually delay the onset of Alzheimer's disease by four or five years, as compared to being monolingual. Even those who take up a second language later in life may have an advantage.
The more proficient you become the better, but "every little bit helps," said Ellen Bialystok, a professor of psychology at York University in Toronto.

Revisit "Winning the Peace"

For those who missed the first opportunity to hear the story of "Winning the Peace", there will be a second opportunity at DePaul University's John T. Richardson Library (Lincoln Park campus) from January 17th through February 18th. "Winning the Peace" tells how Japanese-language specialists contributed to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater of Operations during and after World War II. The Library is open seven days a week and admission is free. Please call the Japanese American Service Center at 773-275-0097, ext 222.for more information.

HOW SPEAKING TWO LANGUAGES HELPED WIN THE PEACE

Come visit "WINNING THE PEACE" and discover how Japanese American linguists helped win World War II and rebuild Japan. This program features a traveling exhibition from the National Japanese American Historical Society in San Francisco. This special exhibit will be in Chicago until June 30, 2010, at the Japanese American Service Committee (JASC), 4427 North Clark Street. For viewing dates and times call 773-275-0097, ext. 222, or visit legacy@jasc-chicago.org. Admission is free.

United States Census 2010 - Use Your Bilingual Skills to Become a Census Taker

IT'S NOT OVER YET! Thousands of people in Chicago have not yet returned their 10 question census form. Starting in May, census takers will visit the homes of those who have not complied. Bilingual census takers are especially in demand. Maybe you are looking for a part-time job, close to home with flexible hours and good pay. It's a good way to serve your community, too. For more information, please call 1-866-861-2010 or use www.2010censusjobs.gov

BREAKING NEWS: - 2010 United States Census Events

Attend the 2010 Census Rally at 10 a.m. April 8th, Thursday, at the Logan Square Monument.
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Get your questions answered, pick up a questionnaire if you didn't get one and participate in the 2010 Census Rally on Saturday, April 10th, at the Korean Bethany Church, 4850 North St. Louis Avenue, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., Saturday, April 10th.

Have you filled out the ten questions on your 2010 Census Form and sent it in yet? Your answers are protected by law. Have you heard that that Chicago lags behind all other cities in meeting this requirement? To the extent that we do not respond, we stand to lose millions of dollars in federal, state, local, and tribal funds.

SPEAK UP FOR PRESCHOOL BILINGUAL/ESL TEACHERS

Just imagine the excitement of starting preschool for the first time! Then -- o-oh -- what is this lady saying to me? How do I tell her I need to go to the bathroom? The teacher is looking at me. What is she saying?

Do You Speak Arabic?

Arabic is among the top 30 languages spoken in Chicago. The 2000 US Census count identified more than 11,000 speakers of Arabic in Chicago. Between October 2006 and July 2009, at least 1,500 more were counted. Many of these new arrivals are refugees from Iraq as reported in the article, "Abandoned. Adrift. Enduring." (Chicago Tribune, 10/25/09, by James Jarrega and Antonio Oliva.)

Film: "Speaking in Tongues"

Speaking in Tongues is a film about bilingualism.  The producers have expanded their scope to document the experience not only of children learning Cantonese but also English learners in a Spanish immersion program and African American students in San Francisco's first Mandarin immersion program.

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