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Episode 38: What is Dual Language Immersion? Canyons Embarked on this Educational Experiment in 2009, and Here’s How it’s Going

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Episode 38: What is Dual Language Immersion? Canyons Embarked on this Educational Experiment in 2009, and Here’s How it’s Going
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In 2008, Utah embarked on an educational experiment with the Legislature’s approval of funding to create dual language immersion programs in French, Spanish, and Chinese. Canyons District was an early adopter. Our first immersion classes opened in 2009, and today, more than 10 percent of our 33,000 students are learning a world language using this innovative model of instruction. Administrators, students, and parents say the hugely popular program is the best way to learn another language. More than that, being multilingual boosts students’ academic performance, and the cognitive skills and cultural knowledge students gain are in high demand by colleges and employers.

Lucie Chamberlain

Alta View Elementary

If a movie about super teachers were ever made, Lucie Chamberlain would be a prime candidate for a leading role. Fortunately for her kindergarten students at Alta View Elementary, she already thrives in a supporting role for them. Parents thank her for being a “super teacher.” She is also described as an “amazing colleague.” Whether students need help in the classroom or from home while sick, Lucie goes above and beyond to help them learn, overcome fears, and feel important and cared for. Lucie is the reason a number of kids went from hating school to loving it, according to parents. The way she exudes patience, sweetness, positive energy, and love for her students with special needs melts is appreciated and admired. One parent noted: “Both my kids wish she could be their teacher forever.” Another added:  “She treats every student like their learning and their feelings are her priority.” Super teacher, indeed!

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