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Educators believe teaching in two languages can be key to student success. When the Boston Public Schools opened the Margarita Muñiz Academy in 2012, it was a first-of-its-kind dual-language high school meant to address issues faced by the city’s growing Hispanic population.
With the stroke of a pen, Chancellor Brendan B. Kelly, Ph.D. on Wednesday completed the effort to build a collaborative relationship between the University of South Carolina Upstate and the Universidad Francisco de Vitoria Madrid, in Spain.
The signing of the Memorandum of Understanding was part of a day-long visit by two UFV Madrid representatives who traveled to USC Upstate to present Kelly with the Memorandum of Understanding: Mariano Castaneira Valente, a member of the advisory board of UFV Madrid’s Excellens Program; and Dr. Guillermo Arce, vice dean for international development, UFV Business & Law School.
“For us, this is quite a special day,” Valente told the group of faculty and administrators gathered for the signing ceremony. “Our university has for many years been specializing in building bridges with universities around the world. … We feel that Spain has this (opportunity for) reaching out. We are a tiny little country in Europe, but I think we’ve been around quite a bit, so we feel at home reaching out and establishing these things, particularly with (schools) like yours where we know we share a lot of the vision and founding values, and particularly this vocation for internationalization.”
Kelly noted the age difference between the two collaborating schools, and the value of the partnership for both institutions.
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Educators believe teaching in two languages can be key to student success. Boston — When the Boston Public Schools opened the Margarita Muñiz Academy in 2012, it was a first-of-its kind dual-language high school meant to address issues faced by the city’s growing Hispanic population.
Bilingual education is making a comeback in California, and one reason is research that proved its benefits, Latino education experts say. At a recent conference of Spanish-language journalists from across the country, panelists including a UCLA researcher laid out how far bilingual education has come over the last two decades.