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HELMS ELEMENTARY HOSTS A DISCUSSION ON THE ROLE OF DUAL LANGUAGE IN HOUSTON’S FUTURE

Community Partners and Parents Present in English and Spanish

Houston, TX – Would you like to know what your child can look forward to – from academic success to career opportunities? On Tuesday, May 1st, The Center for Houston’s Future, HISD’s Multilingual Department, and Helms Elementary, an HISD Dual Language Magnet, invite parents of current and prospective students to see the future as it might be, based on the Center’s data and research about Houston, its residents, and our educational system. The presentation, at Helms Elementary in the Heights (503 W. 21st Street, 77008), will be offered in Spanish (5:00 PM) and in English (6:30 PM). HISD experts will help parents understand how to take advantage of dual language options that prepare today’s toddlers for tomorrow’s community, and make the most out of early childhood educational opportunities. Parents will also learn how best to prepare their students for higher education and college and career readiness. This event is free and open to the public.

Speakers:

Sandra Wegmann, Senior Manager, Strategic Initiatives at The Center for Houston’s Future, will present information from the Center’s 2012 Indicator Report Human Capital Development and Education: Early Childhood, K-12, Workforce Preparedness. The Center for Houston’s Future is a think tank and conducts strategic planning and research on issues critical to the competitiveness and sustainability of the 8-county region.

Terrie Armstrong, Senior Compliance Analyst from HISD’s Multilingual Department, will present research and information on bilingualism, cognitive advantage, and two-way immersion program effectiveness.

Diana Del Pilar, Principal of Helms Elementary, will discuss the Dual Language model from Pre-K through 5th grade, and post-elementary options in HISD.

Dual Language Panel: Parents of Dual Language students will discuss their personal experiences with the program and answer questions from the audience.

Helms will host a subsequent presentation later in May. Presenters and panelists will include educators, employers, and community leaders, with discussion about how Dual Language impacts education, business, and our Houston community.

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FACT SHEET
Contact:
Mercedes Santos-Garay
Phone: 713-844-9328

WHAT: A presentation by HISD’s Multilingual Department, and Helms Elementary School, an HISD Dual Language Magnet, addressing the role of dual language education as it relates to trends in education and business in Houston. The presentation focuses on issues relating to prospective parents and parents of early-elementary age children. In addition, Sandra Wegmann of the Center for Houston’s Future, will present the results of its recent research, the 2012 Community Indicator Report on Human Capital Development and Education.

DATE: Tuesday, May 1, 2012

WHERE: Helms Elementary, 503 W. 21st Street in the Heights; 77008

TIME: Presentation & Panel Discussion in Spanish: 5:00 PM
Presentation & Panel Discussion in English: 6:30 PM

TICKETS: This event is free and open to the public.

INFORMATION: Please visit the following websites for more information about our presenters:

Helms Elementary School: schools.houstonisd.org/Helms

Media Contact:
Elena Coates
713-517-4782

HISD’s Multilingual Department: www. houstonisd.org/portal/site/multilingual

Media Contact:
Terrie Armstrong,
tarmstr1@houstonisd.org,
713-556-6961 (O),
713-817-1629 (C)
The Center for Houston’s Future: www.futurehouston.org

Media Contact:
Mercedes Santos-Garay,
713-844-9328

Mercedes Santos-Garay
Manager – Communications & Events
Center for Houston’s Future
1200 Smith, Suite 1150, Houston, TX 77002
msantosgaray@futurehouston.org | 713-844-9328 | (F): 713-844-9348
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