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Governor Wolf’s Advisory Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs Releases AAPI Language Education Schools (AAPLES) Initiative

March 29, 2018

Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf’s Advisory Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs released online a statewide initiative entitled Asian American and Pacific Islander Language Education Schools (AAPLES).

The Commission is looking to establish a network of community-organized schools in Pennsylvania. Community-organized schools are community-based schools that teach Asian or Pacific Islander heritage languages, English as a second language, and other school subjects specifically to students from Asian and Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities.

The purpose of the AAPLES initiative is to bring together teachers and administrators of these schools to:

  • Advocate to state and local educational institutions for space to hold classes
  • Seek private and federal grants for resources for capacity building
  • Share curriculum, instructional materials, and pedagogical strategies for mutual benefit
  • Hold professional development meetings, with the scholarly input of educational faculty in Penn State and other interested universities
  • Collaborate in undertaking research on home/school connections, student needs, learning strategies, and instructional practices to enhance teaching.

Such schools may include teaching arrangements that are not formally established such as those that meet outside of a school setting. In areas where no such arrangements exist, local community leaders or parents who intend to start schools can send their information. This network will help provide information and resources to start community-based schools in your area.

The AAPLES initiative is part of ongoing work by the Commission to learn about the challenges facing the AAPI communities and how the Commission can leverage its collective strengths to effectively advocate, promote resources for, and best serve the state’s diverse AAPI communities.

Any community-organized school interested in participating in AAPLES may complete the online form for their community-based school here; registration is free.

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