Seattle International Schools Community Meetings

“Our vision is to prepare students, in partnership with family and community,
for global citizenship in an increasingly interdependent world.”
SPS International Education Brochure (PDF)

Seattle Public Schools has initiated a process for studying the impacts, risks, and benefits of sustaining and expanding Seattle’s International Schools and Dual Language Immersion programs through the establishment of an International Schools / Dual Language Immersion Task Force. The role of the task force is to gather, analyze, review, and consider information and data and to prepare a report to the Superintendent of Schools regarding Seattle’s International Schools and Dual Language Immersion programs. The Superintendent will use this report, along with other important data, to make recommendations to the School Board for potential changes in the 2017-18 school year.

There will also be community outreach meetings throughout the city through April and May, 2016. Interpreters will be provided at each site for Spanish, Mandarin, and Japanese and additional languages as needed.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016 6:00-7:30 pm at Chief Sealth International High School
2600 SW Thistle St, Seattle, WA 98126
(Join us from 4:30-6:00 pm for an Open House and refreshments at Chief Sealth’s new Confucius Classroom too!)

Tuesday, May 3, 2016 6:00-7:30 pm at Mercer International Middle School
1600 S Columbian Way, Seattle, WA 98108

Thursday, May 12, 2016 6:00-7:30 pm at Hamilton International Middle School
610 N 41st St, Seattle, WA 98103

Thursday, May 19, 2016 6:00-7:30 pm at the Seattle World School
301 21st Ave E, Seattle, WA 98112

To help us with planning, please RSVP to let us know which meeting(s) you plan to attend and whether you will need interpretation services or childcare:

For more information or to submit comments, contact Dr. Michele Anciaux Aoki, International Education Administrator

Learn more at:

International Education in Seattle Public Schools graphic

International Education in Seattle Public Schools

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Heritage Language Research Institute 2016

Ninth Heritage Language Research Institute

From bilingual children to adult heritage speakers

The University of Washington has the honor of hosting this year’s Heritage Language Research Institute, organized by the National Heritage Language Research Center at UCLA.

JUNE 15- 18, 2016

Director: Maria Polinsky (University of Maryland, College Park)
Workshop Director: Maria Luisa Parra (Harvard University)

Heritage languages are learned early in life, either simultaneously with the dominant language or prior to the acquisition of the dominant language of the country. Early childhood bilinguals are often fluent in both languages, their home language and the dominant societal language. Furthermore, both languages influence each other in early childhood bilinguals. Many of such bilinguals grow up to become adult heritage speakers who are typically stronger in the dominant language and whose knowledge of the home language is less strong.

How do bilingual children turn into adult heritage speakers? What are the vulnerable domains in the languages of both populations, what are their strengths, and where are the differences? And how can we preserve and maintain the relative stability of early childhood bilingualism? The Institute will bring together language scientists and language educators who will examine these issues from the standpoint of research, language planning, and linguistic training.

For more details about the schedule, presenters, location, and Saturday workshop, visit:

Registration for all 4 days is only $100. Free clock hours for teachers will be available.

Register Now.

On Saturday, June 18, 2016, there will be a special one-day workshop:

Workshop: Project-based learning and the teaching of heritage languages
The purpose of this day-long workshop is for participants to become familiar with a range of project-based experiences designed for the teaching of heritage languages at different educational levels.

Project-based learning aims to engage students in tasks that require them to explore, investigate, create and, sometimes, respond to complex questions, solve problems, or meet challenges. Such projects involve important cognitive, linguistic, critical thinking, and social skills. For these reasons, this teaching-learning method suits the needs of heritage language learners at all levels as it fosters: the use of the language (and its different registers); the development of written heritage language skills; language and cultural awareness; and potential connections and involvement with the heritage community.


  • Olga Kagan (UCLA): Project-based learning in the context of heritage language teaching: an introduction
  • María Carreira (Cal State University Long Beach): Differentiated teaching for heritage languages
  • Irina Dubinina (Brandeis University): Service learning in the Russian community in Boston
  • Helen Yung (Seattle Public Schools): Dual Language Voices and Choices: Project-Based Learning in an after-school Chinese Literacy program for middle school Dual Language Immersion and Heritage Language students
  • María Luisa Parra (Harvard University): Journalism for Latino students: Learning, serving and writing about the community.

Registration for the workshop only is $75. Free clock hours for teachers will be available.

Register Now for the workshop.

Many thanks to our local co-sponsors:

University of Washington Co-Sponsors:

  • Dean of Arts and Humanities
  • Language Learning Center
  • Slavic Languages and Literatures
  • Asian Languages and Literatures
  • Spanish and Portuguese Studies
  • Confucius Institute of the State of Washington
  • Center for Spanish Studies
  • Linguistics Department
  • Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies: Global Studies Center
  • Ellison Center for Russian, East European, Central Asian Studies, etc.

Community Co-Sponsors:

  • One America
  • One City Project

Sponsors of Morning Refreshments:

  • Avant Assessment
  • Santillana Publishing

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One World Now! Get Global Youth Conference 2016

The 11th Annual Get Global Youth Conference is on May 21, 2016

Student-planned and student-led, the OWN Get Global Youth Conference is designed to empower youth and young social entrepreneurs to take action on important global issues.

Register for Get Global 2016.

OneWorld Now! students present dynamic workshops and inspiring “OWN Talks” to foster meaningful and intentional dialogue about the intersection of social justice issues, global issues, and the role of youth. OWN Get Global will also feature a global fashion and talent show. Lunch includes cuisine from around the world. This event is for high school students and is one of few conferences in the nation that is organized and facilitated exclusively by high school youth!

Student workshops will fall under the following categories:

  • Climate Change
  • Consumption and Consumerism
  • Global Health
  • Governance
  • Human Rights
  • Peace and Conflict
  • Population and Carrying Capacity
  • Poverty
  • Universal Quality Education

OWN Get Global will be a free event for registered participants. Sign up for their newsletter for more conference updates.


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Seal of Biliteracy 2016

Although the State Seal of Biliteracy was officially launched in Washington state last June, this is the first year that most districts have had a chance to actually prepare for awarding the Seal to qualified high school graduating seniors. Information about the Seal and criteria for awarding is posted on the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) World Languages website. However, there’s lots of nitty gritty details to think through at the district level.

We have posted on the Seattle Public Schools Seal of Biliteracy webpage including State Seal of Biliteracy: The Journey in Washington State (PDF of PPT slides). The Washington Association for Language Teaching (WAFLT) has also posted Seal of Biliteracy Documents (from presentation at WAFLT Spring Regional Conference) including Implementing the Seal of Biliteracy #2bilit2quit (PDF of PPT slides) and

Good luck!

Michele Anciaux Aoki
International Education Administrator, Seattle

Washington State Seal of Biliteracy

Washington State Seal of Biliteracy

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Introducing our New Internationaledwa Intern

Miye Aoki-Kramer is a senior at Garfield High School in Seattle. She has had a very international education from Kindergarten at John Stanford International School (where she was in Japanese Immersion) to Hamilton, then on to Garfield. During her junior year, she lived and went to school for a year in Italy. You’ll be hearing more from her as she continues to update the blogs and brings other student voices to Internationaledwa!

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