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How Language Learning Creates Opportunities for South Carolina's K-12 Students

South Carolina educators—in partnership with the state’s business leaders, policymakers, parents, and others—are transforming K-12 instruction to better prepare students for success in college, career, and life. A key component of this effort, guided in part by the state Department of Education’s South Carolina Profile of a Graduate, calls for every student to master multiple languages and develop a global perspective before graduation. Research shows that language learning offers students: - Increased opportunities for personal and academic growth - Exposure to new cultures and viewpoints - Stronger preparation for college and career success During this one-hour session, which includes Q&A time, we’ll discuss the benefits of language learning, its impact on society, and why it is critical for all K-12 students in South Carolina. Our expert panelists are: - Mohamed Abdel-Kader, executive director of the Stevens Initiative at the Aspen Institute and former deputy assistant secretary for international and foreign language education for the U.S. Department of Education under President Barack Obama - Josh Wittrock, principal at Orchard Park Elementary School in the Oconee County School District - Dr. Cynthia Cash-Greene, chief instructional services officer at Orangeburg School District 5 - Amy G. Thomson, director of international strategy and trade for South Carolina’s Department of Commerce