The University of Florida Education Library will host guest speakers to illuminate the history of the first publicly-funded dual language two-way immersion program in the United States. UF Professor and author of The Coral Way Bilingual Program, will lead the event about Coral Way Elementary School—a Miami public school that was transformed by the immigration of Cuban children during the early 60s. This talk will also feature guest speakers who will share how their experiences at Coral Way impacted their lives and how it changed bilingual education throughout the US.

Coral Way Elementary School was the first publicly-funded bilingual education immersion program in the United States. The experimental program opened its doors to both Spanish-and English-speaking children in 1963 as a trial following the rapid immigration of displaced Cuban children.

Dr. Coady’s book exposes materials from the Smathers Libraries at the University of Florida ground-breaking Coral Way digital collection and first person oral histories from Coral Way teachers, administration and alumni.


  • Occurred Wednesday, February 19th, 2020 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm


Smathers Library, Room 100

Union Road
Gainesville, FL 32611


Barbara Hood