GALA 2016 Board Meeting Schedule

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GALA Board Meeting Schedule

Special Board Meeting: Tuesday, July 19, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. at the Cleveland Heights Library, Brody/Nelson Room, 2345 Lee Road, 44118


All Board meetings occur at 6:00 p.m. at 13442 Lorain Avenue, Cleveland OH. 44111


June 15, July 27, August 24, September 28, October 26, November 30, December 28

Public Language Immersion School Set for August Opening – Fresh Water Cleveland Article

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Public Language Immersion School Set for August Opening

Written by Douglas Guth of Fresh Water Cleveland


A bilingual dream five years in the making is about to become reality for founding director Meran Rogers.


Rogers’s new foreign language immersion school will open its doors on August 3. Welcoming approximately 100 kindergarten and first-grade students to the former St. Vincent de Paul parish at 13400 Lorain Avenue. For its first iteration, the school will occupy only the ground and first floors of the 30,000-square-foot facility. Administrators expect classes to expand to the building’s second floor in coming years as GALA adds additional grade levels, up to eighth grade.


Public Language Immersion School Set for August Opening


Fresh Water first reported on plans for the tuition-free, public charter school in October 2014. The effort has come a long way since then: The school has been hosting monthly open houses since February to show off its new digs and champion an educational model based around Spanish and Mandarin programming. This month’s open house events are scheduled for Thursday, June 9 at 5 p.m., and Saturday, June 11, at 10 a.m.


“We’ll have a tour of the school and a Q & A afterwards,” says Rogers. “Tours are usually a big hit. It’s a matter of getting the word out and getting families to come.”


Meanwhile, professional development sessions for GALA’s dozen teachers begins in July.

Public Language Immersion School Set for August Opening


As a public charter school, GALA will adhere to learning standards set forth by the Ohio Department of Education. Seventy percent of instruction each day will be provided in Mandarin or Spanish; the remaining 30 percent will be taught in English, notes Rogers. In addition, GALA will offer an International Baccalaureate (IB) program that allows participants to plan out their own projects.


On its first day, GALA will stand as Northeast Ohio’s first foreign language immersion school as well as the only Mandarin immersion school in state. Most schools with similar teaching models are private or serve higher-income communities, says Rogers. GALA is open to all, no matter their socioeconomic background.


Rogers, who previously taught at a Taiwanese immersion school and is former director of community affairs for Global Cleveland, says her experience growing up with multilingual parents in a low-income household inspired GALA’s creation.


“I was labeled as a special education student, and didn’t learn how to read or write until the second grade,” says Rogers. “I could have been bilingual but never had the environment to maintain that.”


Rogers is thrilled to bring an absorbing educational experience to other children, an effort involving supportive teachers, parents as well as board members. Then there are donors which include the Albert B. and Audrey G. Ratner Family Foundation, Bernie Moreno Companies, Eaton Corporation, RPM International Inc. and Margaret Wong & Associates.


Though Rogers doesn’t expect to be dancing in the halls come August, she is excited about the new school’s intricately planned journey.


“People are saying how great this, and asking me how I feel,” Rogers says. “I just feel good. There is a lot more work to get done and I can’t celebrate just yet.”


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Status Update, Message from GALA

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Status Update, Message from GALA

Dear Friend of GALA,


When we started our work nearly three years ago, we made a commitment. A commitment to support and improve public education in the city of Cleveland. Additionally to bring a new, life changing opportunity to our students.


We are proud to say that our efforts and passion to open Global Ambassadors Language Academy, the first international foreign language immersion school in Northeast Ohio and the only Mandarin immersion school.


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