Portland Public Schools (Student Program)
STARTALK Summer Bridging Academies
To Be Determined
- Martin Luther King Jr Elementary School, Portland, OR
- Whitman Elementary School, Portland, OR
The STARTALK Summer Bridging Academies in Portland offer a two week intensive language and culture learning experience for 100 K-5 students of Chinese and 40 K-5 students of Russian who are currently enrolled in Portland Public Schools’ Dual Language Immersion programs. The Academies provide 48 hours of instruction based on the theme of “Sharing the Planet with Animals.” Student outcomes target a one proficiency sublevel gain, from Novice Mid to Novice High or Intermediate Low and, for struggling students, a boost going into the school year. As part of a practicum STARTALK program, students will be exposed to a curriculum infused by the STARTALK-Endorsed Principles for Effective Teaching and Learning and help solidify Portland Public Schools contribution to a pipeline of students enrolled in the study of critical languages.