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Book: New American Community of Learners in Arlington, Virginia

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“A New American Community of Learners in Arlington, Virginia: A Program History of ESOL/HILT That Recalls the Past, Informs the Present, Affects the Future” is written by teachers, administrators, staff, and former students.

Following the great wave of immigration which began in 1970, Arlington and it’s schools continues to confront changing demographics. Schools in Virginia were among the first in the nation to respond to a dramatic increase in student diversity.

After the fall of Saigon in 1975 and during conflicts in the 1980s in Latin Amercia, the number of children learning English as a second language in Arlington Public Schools grew to 12%. The stories and accounts in this book describe how APS developed training programs that changed the loves of thousands of refugee and immigrant students. The learning program strove to address the needs of the whole child. This book shows the strengths and outcomes of that approach.

This is a unique approach to local history that helps explore who Arlington is becoming today and why. It’s not meant solely for the educational community. It is meant for all our community so that we may better understand our neighbors.

Publishing details:

  • Soft cover, 180 pages with
    • Arlington in the 60s, 70s, and 80s with quotes from Arlingtonians and an international timeline
    • Student and Language data
    • Index of Authors
  • The New Americans, 2013

Every book you buy on this site helps support the AHS mission to strengthen our community by improving the understanding of local history.

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