dual language

We’ve mentioned Dallas ISD’s very popular Two-Way Dual Language Spanish Immersion program before — it’s become quite the draw at many of the more than 60 schools that now offer it.

The program places native English speakers and native Spanish speakers in the same class, and together, each student learns to read, write, and speak in both languages. The goal is for each student to become bi-literate and bilingual. 

It’s a concept that has gained traction because it often yields high academic achievement as well — reading scores of students involved in immersive language programs designed like Dallas ISD’s are often substantially higher than their peers.

“Over the course of a day in a two-way dual language program, students that speak and students that are learning to speak English are taught together certain subjects (such as science) in Spanish and other subjects (such as math) in English,” a press release from Dallas ISD further explained. “The classrooms aim to have a fairly even split of students who speak English and are learning to speak English.” (more…)

vivian2 in Lakewood

815 Vivian Avenue will be the site of the first School + House event.

Just a reminder – tonight is our first installment of SCHOOL + HOUSE, a chance for Realtors and prospective parents to mingle with involved parents in Lakewood-area Dallas ISD schools, as well as District 2 trustee Dustin Marshall, plus see an adorable 3/2 Tudor in Lakewood. This first installment is a partnership with the Heather Guild Group and CandysDirt.com. Look for more in coming months in other neighborhoods – and Realtors, if you’re interested in finding out how this works, email me.

Details are below. The event is come and go – so swing by after work! (more…)

815 Vivian Avenue will be the site of the first School + House event. (Photo courtesy Heather Guild Group/Dave Perry Miller Real Estate)

815 Vivian Avenue will be the site of the first School + House event. (Photo courtesy Heather Guild Group/Dave Perry Miller Real Estate)

Way back when I first started writing for CandysDirt.com, the idea was that I give everyone enough information (or the ability to find that information) to make an educated decision about both public schools and neighborhoods they’d like to live in.

And for about the last six months, I’ve been noodling around with a concept that I’m thrilled to say is finally launching next week — SCHOOL + HOUSE. Part traditional open house for prospective buyers, part meet-and-greet with local school officials and parents, SCHOOL + HOUSE is designed to bring everyone you’d ever want to talk to about the Dallas Independent School District in one place, with the added bonus of getting a Realtor who is a fountain of knowledge about the neighborhoods that feed those schools.

Because some of the best knowledge about schools comes from the parents who are there every day. They’re informed, involved and ready to give anyone the ins and outs of sending your child to the schools in the neighborhood.   (more…)