The Importance of Being Bilingual | Maria Giannini | TEDxSantaCatalinaSchool by TEDx Talks   2 years ago

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The benefits of bilingual education are enormous. Local dual-immersion programs help develop more empathetic citizens and improve the world. Bilingual education allows communities to produce citizens who can leverage language as the tool to transcend linguistic and cultural barriers. Bilingual education also offers great cognitive benefits the earlier it is begun. Maria Giannini is the former Vice President and current senior producer of e2k Sports. She has had the opportunity to travel the world and work with clients such as the National Football League, the National Basketball Association, Microsoft, Sony, Marvel Films, and Pixar. Maria also served as the Executive Director for the San Diego Charger Girls for nearly 15 years. Now, she is very active in her community, working with several local non-profit groups, like The Boys and Girls Club and the Junior League of Monterey County. Maria is passionate about dual language immersion in education and is a founding member of Dual Language Program Advocates. Maria currently resides in Salinas, California with her husband, Dirk Giannini, and their two daughters. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

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