“I wrote a book called The Bilingual Revolution, which is really about nine different linguistic communities that fought for the creation of dual language education. And some of them were big linguistic groups, some were smaller groups. The battle was the same. And to some extent it gives me hope that when parents and educators work together as a bottom-up approach, they can turn our school system around and they can demand the creation of a program that is important for their community, for themselves.”
Fabrice Jaumont’s Bio
Born in Valenciennes, France, Fabrice Jaumont is a scholar-practitioner, award-winning author, non-profit leader, and education advisor based in New York since 2001. He currently serves as Education Attaché for the Embassy of France to the United States, a Research Fellow at Fondation Maison des Sciences de l’Homme in Paris, and an adjunct professor both at New York University and Baruch College – The City University of New York. He is also the founder and President of the Center for the Advancement of Languages, Education, and Communities, a nonprofit, publishing organization with a focus on multilingualism, cross-cultural understanding, and the empowerment of linguistic communities. He is the host of Révolution Bilingue, a podcast produced by French Morning. He served on the editorial board of NORRAG, the Network for International policies and cooperation in education and training; and contributes to several advisory committees, including the Advisory Council of Department of French & Italian at Princeton University; the Advisory Board of the Online French American Lycée; the Advisory Committee of Universités de Francophonia in Nice, France; the Advisory Committee of the French Heritage Language Program; and the Advisory Committee of Kitchen Connections.
Fabrice Jaumont is the author of six books which have been translated in several languages, and the co-editor of three books:
- Unequal Partners: American Foundations & Higher Education Development in Africa (2016);
- The Bilingual Revolution: The Future of Education is in Two Languages (2017) available in 11 languages;
- Partenaires inégaux: fondations américaines et universités en Afrique (2018);
- Stanley Kubrick: The Odysseys (2018);
- The Gift of Languages: Paradigm Shift in U.S. Foreign Language Education (2019) available in 3 languages;
- Conversations on Bilingualism (Spring 2022), available in 3 languages
- French all around us, French Language and Francophone Culture in the United States (Spring 2022), co-edited with Kathleen Stein-Smith
- A Bilingual Revolution for Africa (Summer 2022), co-edited with Ayé Clarise Hager M’Boua. Available in 2 languages
- Multilingual Learning for the Arabic-speaking World, co-edited with Selma Talha Jebril and Carine Allaf (2023)
Fabrice Jaumont holds a Ph.D. in Comparative and International Education from New York University with a specialization in International Development (2014) – his dissertation, Strategic philanthropy, organizational legitimacy, and the development of higher education in Africa: The partnership for higher education in Africa (2000-2010) explores the specifics of a partnership between leading U.S. foundations. It is available on ProQuest.
He was made a Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Palmes académiques by the Government of France (2012); nicknamed “The Godfather of language immersion programs” by the New York Times (2014), awarded the Medal of Recognition from the Committee of French-Speaking Societies in the United States (2014); the Prix de la diversité culturelle by the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie and the Committee of French-speaking Ambassadors to the United Nations (2016); the Leader Award of the 2019 New York Bilingual Fair, and NECTFL’s James W. Dodge Foreign Language Advocate Award in 2020.
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