My most recent podcast, which you can listen to here, discusses program models for emerging bilinguals. It uses my state, Tennessee, as an example of models. In Tennessee, the default approach is English Only–a subtractive approach that does not support bilingualism. And yet, here I find that Nashville has a public school that is bilingual! It’s called Aventura Community School, and it is built on these four pillars: bilingual education, purposeful academics, global competence, and committed community. Its dual language approach–an additive approach–allows native English speakers and global language speakers to spend the whole day together, where they work to develop high levels of academic achievement and literacy in both languages in the domains of reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Aventura Community School will open in the 2022-2023 school year with grades K-1. I am looking forward to following this school’s progress, and I certainly hope its model is emulated across our state over time.

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