Local and Statewide

Representing our neighbors throughout our state and local communities, the following organizations remain active partners with the Center for Urban Language Teaching and Research (CULTR) to empower opportunities related to global awareness, urban schools, and foreign language education. CULTR would like to thank the following departments and groups for their valuable partnership.

Georgia’s Dual Language Immersion (DLI) Program Initiative

Utilizing one of the most effective types of learning to nurture bilingual students, Georgia’s Dual Language Immersion programs provide students a learning environment where at least half of their school day is taught in a target language and the other half-day in English. Supported by the Georgia Department of Education, some schools may choose to even increase the percentage of the day spent in the target language based on the particular program’s goals. The benefits of DLI includes the ability for students to develop second language skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) and intercultural competency. For more information, interested teachers and administrators may contact Michaela Claus-Nix at mclausnix@doe.k12.ga.us. CULTR works closely with the Georgia Department of Education and these schools through various workshops and conferences to develop relevant and multi-faceted resources for foreign language education. The following list provides an overview of the public DLI Schools in Georgia for 2016-2017.

Atlanta Public Schools

    • Bolton Academy ES-Spanish (K)
    • E Rivers ES-Spanish (K-1)
    • Garden Hills ES-Spanish (K-1)
    • Morris Brandon ES-Spanish (K)
    • Perkerson ES-Spanish (K-3)
    • Sarah Smith ES - Spanish (K)

Clarke County

    • Oglethorpe Avenue ES-Spanish (K)

Clayton County

    • Unidos Magnet School-Spanish (PK-8)

Cobb County

    • Clarkdale ES-Spanish (K)
    • Dowell ES-Spanish (K)
    • Fair Oaks ES-Spanish (K)
    • Hollydale ES-Spanish (K)
    • Mableton ES-Spanish (K)
    • Nickajack ES-Spanish (K)
    • Norton Park ES-Spanish (K)
    • Riverside Primary-Spanish (K-1)
    • Russell ES-Spanish (K)
    • Smyrna ES-Spanish (K-1)

Dalton Public Schools

    • Brookwood ES-German (K)

DeKalb County

    • Ashford Park ES-German (K-3)
    • Evansdale ES-French (K-3)
    • Globe Academy Charter School-Chinese, French, Spanish (K-4)
    • Rockbridge ES-French (K-3)

Douglas County

    • Beulah ES-Spanish (K-5)

Fulton County

    • International Charter School of Atlanta-Chinese, French, German, Spanish (K-5)
    • Oakley ES-Chinese (K-1)

Gwinnett County

    • Annistown ES-Spanish (K-2)
    • Baldwin ES-Spanish (K)
    • Bethesda ES-Spanish (K-2)
    • Camp Creek ES-Spanish (K)
    • Ivy Creek ES-Spanish (K)
    • Trip ES-French (K-2)

Hall County

    • McEver Arts Academy Charter School-Spanish (PK -3)
    • White Sulphur Elementary – Spanish (PK – K)
    • World Languages Academy Charter School-Spanish (PK-8)

Henry County

    • Dutchtown ES-Chinese (K-3)

Rockdale County

    • C.J. Hicks ES-Spanish (K)


The Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE)

The Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) oversees public education throughout the state of Georgia, ensuring that laws and regulations pertaining to education are followed and that state and federal money appropriated for education is properly allocated to local school systems. With a mission to offer a holistic education for each and every child in the state, the Department is managed by the State Superintendent of Schools, a publicly elected position currently held by Richard Woods. The following offices and divisions comprise the Georgia Department of Education: Finance and Business Operations, Assessment and Accountability, School Improvement, Technology Services, Curriculum and Instruction, and External Affairs and Policy. Located in downtown Atlanta near Georgia State University, the Georgia Department of Education and CULTR collaborate on a variety of initiatives to ensure Georgia’s graduating students are ready to learn, ready to live, and ready to lead. Michaela Claus-Nix, Program Specialist for World Languages and Workforce Initiatives, serves on CULTR’s Advisory Board.

The Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce (MAC)

Founded in 1859, the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce (MAC) works in metro Atlanta to promote prosperity and development for the business community. Focused on recruiting corporate headquarters and global business, MAC attracts companies in supply chain and advanced manufacturing, bioscience and health IT, technology and service sectors. Within the past 10 years, MAC’s project managers have recruited more than 500 companies and created 55,000 jobs. Today, the Metro Atlanta Chamber is made up of a unique mixture of 3,000 businesses, including world-renowned Fortune 500 in Atlanta companies and smaller start-up firms. Believing a healthy business community derives from a well-balanced community, MAC also works on issues related to transportation, water, public health, and education. MAC’s current plan for success defines four key activities for growth: grow and recruit companies, drive higher education and business collaboration, advance the quality of life, and tell Atlanta’s story. CULTR works with the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce through endeavors such as the Global Languages Leadership Meeting to assemble stakeholders and develop strategies to further globalize Atlanta.