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Lesson Planning is a Political Act
Even as a novice teacher in the nineties, I was a fierce advocate for equity and social justice. Having just graduated with a m ...
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Supporting Sustainability; Implementing Effective Dual Language Programming
School districts around the country have taken note of incontrovertible research on the effectiveness of dual language educa ...
Schools and Congress are in Session! Time for Biliteracy!
With schools now in full swing, advocates around the country are pushing for more dual language programs and more dual lan ...
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Welcoming and Supporting Newcomers
Thankfully, the school year is off to a good start for Mrs. G. She met all of her students and their families and introduced h ...
Tumbnail for: Opinion Piece: BIPOC + LGBTQ + Educator = Fabulosity
Opinion Piece: BIPOC + LGBTQ + Educator = Fabulosity
When I was first hired as a teacher in the nineties, the principal informed me that he was excited to have me as part of t ...
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Myth Busters in Dual Language Learning
Effective teachers are key to the academic success of dual lan ...
Tumbnail for: The C6 Biliteracy Framework:  Am I American Enough?
The C6 Biliteracy Framework: Am I American Enough?
It breaks my heart. Brown children and families are afraid to go outside. They are terrified of being shot. On August 3 ...
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Opinion Piece: Understanding the Lives of Your Students
As we begin the new school year, many educators and administrators will need to address the social and emotional impact of t ...
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Understanding the Cultural and Linguistic Differences in Students
It is often stated that, ‘a picture is worth a thousand words’, but in this case, it is much more. According to Dr. Deni ...
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Equity in Dual Language Education
The last few months have brought me new perspectives on dual language, particularly on access and equity. In June, I was hon ...
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The C6 Biliteracy Framework: Considering Students’ Specific Strengths and Needs in Both Program Languages
One of the most challenging components of any educational setting, in dual language even more so, is ensuring that all students ...
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DUAL LANGUAGE AT THE HIGH SCHOOL: Some Important Reasons to Continue Your Successful PK-8 Dual Language Program for All Grades
In our first column, we discussed the importance of continuing your dual language (DL) program into the middle school years. ...
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How Our Brains Were Built to Learn Multiple Languages
Over the past decade, education neuroscientists, using fMRI’s, have explored the brain’s vast inner workings, researchin ...
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Language- The Great Equalizer!
December 27, 1989, my then 12 year old son, sustained a traumatic brain injury. Riding his bike, he collided with a van in ...
The C6 Biliteracy Framework: Are Your Students Communicating in Authentic Fashion?
As a former dual language principal, as I visit hundreds of dual language classrooms around the country and internationally, I s ...
GL’s Summer Reading List: Adventure, Consciousness, Culture, and Fantasy By: Guero Loco
As we step into summertime, it’s easy for students and educators to fall out of our routines with so much free time and so man ...
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10 Suggestions that encourage Summer reading at home
When my children were young, it was not easy to keep them interested in reading during the summer months. Their excuse was ...
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Things I’ve Heard Lately
It’s been a while since I wrote a column for DualLanguageSchools.org; I suppose I could make some excuses about how busy i ...
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The C6 Biliteracy Framework: Are You A Facilitator of Instruction or a Depositor of Information?
In Pedagogy of the Oppressed, Paulo Freire allows the reader to reflect on the instruction that takes place in educational setti ...
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Interview with La Maestra Loca
I reached out to Louisiana-based Spanish world language edutainer La Maestra Loca for this interview after having met her at ...
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Connect: The C6 Biliteracy Framework
By: Dr. José Medina, Founder and Chief Educational Advocate Dr. José Medina: Educational Solutions Most of us in dua ...
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Ask Ginger and Wayne:
Written By: Wayne Thomas and Virginia Collier Hello to all you wonderful dual language educators! We have agreed to write ...
C6 Biliteracy Framework™
In my duallanguageschools.org February 2019 article, I shared information regarding the recently released C6 Biliteracy Framew ...
Importance of Music & Language
Music connects to the soul, regardless of what language it's in. What does being bilingual mean for a kid who i ...
Starting a Dual Language State Network An Interview with MODLAN
Language is an insight into thinking, culture, humanity, history. Being bilingual/multilingual helps us with perspecti ...
Planning for the Dual Language Classroom: The C6 Biliteracy Framework
I am ashamed to admit that sometimes, while still a teacher, I created lesson plans on the fly. As an educator, I worked hard ...
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What does the Seal of Biliteracy stand for?
In Walthamstow, England, "SPEAK ENGLISH" was sprawled across a wall in large, loud and unfriendly letters in a very populated ar ...
“Thanksgiving” celebrando el día de acción de gracias, una tradición cultural que tiene como base el valor del argadecimiento
El Día de Acción de Gracias es una celebración que va más allá de compartir una cena en familia y agradecer por los benefic ...
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Reflecting on November
As you may know, my "day job" takes me to Capitol Hill to advocate for all things language. With the mid-term elections having ...
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Celebrando el mes de la herencia hispana dentro de los planteles escolares de U.S.A., Por Luz Maria Leon (CLA)
Es una celebración nacional que dio origen en 1968 con el presidente Lyndon Johnson y que posteriormente el presidente Ronald ...
(Bits of) Good News
Today, I have (bits of) good news to share. Maybe lots of it, or maybe stuff we already knew... maybe even things that we need ...
Seguridad, Comunicación y Voluntariado: Tres claves para tener un ciclo escolar exitoso
El año escolar ya ha comenzado y con ello las actividades se incrementan. Nuestra rutina comienza al levantarse temprano, alist ...
International Schools: A Dual Language Movement
First, let me start off by informing you that as I write this article, I am sitting in a hotel room as Typhoon Mangkhut brings ...
Cómo Afrontar la Adolescencia de Nuestros Hijos de una Forma Positiva
Quisiera comenzar dando una definición general sobre la adolescencia. "Se define como un periodo de nuestra vida com ...
The Fate of Dual Language in the DeVos Department of Education
By Bill Rivers, Executive Director of Joint National Committee for Languages My day job is lobbying, as the Executive Director ...
Promoviendo la realización personal al ejercer el valor moral de la libertad en nuestra vida
En el mes de Julio, miles de familias celebramos orgullosamente " Independence Day" asistiendo al desfile de nuestra ciudad resp ...
Dual Language: A Call to Action
Estamos en un punto crítico en la historia de nuestro país. A diario, vemos casos de odio y violencia dirigida hacia aquellos ...
Perspective(s)
By Bill Rivers, Executive Director of Joint National Committee for Languages Last week, someone pointed out to me that I'm a wh ...
"Acoso Escolar (Bullying), "¿Qué Hacer Como Padres Para Parar Estas Conductas Destructivas En Nuestros Hijos?"
Escrito por: Luz María León, padre líder de CLA Tomando en cuenta que estamos frente a una "era digital" en donde desde temp ...
Partner Teachers: The Dual Language Marriage
Norma and Jackie are phenomenal dual language educators. When participating in professional learning sessions or actively engagi ...
Summer: Time to Celebrate, Time to Advocate
By the time you read this, schools will be letting out all over America. For us, that means scrambling to keep two kids busy whi ...
El Rol De Las Madres Dentro Del Núcleo Familiar: Ser La Mujer Maravilla O Una Mujer Maravillosa
En este mes de Mayo se celebra en varios países de Latino América el "Dia de las Madres", es por tal motivo que en este artíc ...
Dual Language Advocacy: No Place for Neutrality
By: Dr. José Medina, Founder and Chief Educational Advocate, Dr. José Medina: Educational Solutions As I serve dual language ...
Beware Efficiency!
Beware the following: "We're making things much more efficient," especially if coupled with "you should demand better! ...
Motivar a nuestros híjos a convertirse en lidres positivos y proactivos
Como padres haríamos lo que fuera para que nuestros hijos sean "exitosos", que obtengan buenas calificaciones, interactúen con ...
Coconut or Wetback? ¿Coco o Mojado?
As a child, I lived in two worlds - one geographical and the other grounded in language and cultura. Physically, I lived in El P ...
Inteligencia emocional, en el aula bilingue
Actualmente es esencial "El Desarrollo Integral del alumno dentro y fuera del aula", que les proveerá un bienestar físico y me ...
Dual Language: It Takes a Village…of Superheroes!
Once upon a time, I was a dual language school principal and a member of a fabulous village. An equipo of dual language superher ...
Thoughts from Albuquerque
"While the cognitive, educational, employment, and other benefits of bilingualism are indisputable, based on more than ...
Educación bilingüe, una meta con resultados a largo plazo.
El rol de padres es un privilegio que conlleva una gran responsabilidad en la toma de decisiones. Tratando de tomar la mejor opc ...
Mis Padres: Educational Advocates
When providing dual language services to schools and school districts, I sometimes hear educators make comments regarding the la ...
Social Justice and Languages
Reading José Medina's December 18 column on duallanguageschools.org made me very angry, he and I are almost the same age, but h ...
Camino hacia el bilingüismo, un camino hacia el éxito
Ser bilingüe es permitir que el cerebro de nuestros hijos trabaje efectivamente en sus dos hemisferios, es mo ...
La Chancla: Inception of a Personal Dual Language Vision
"If dual language educators, school administrators, and district leaders don't support and/or understand dual la ...
Elephants
Who doesn't like elephants? Smart, deliberate, imposing – real elephants are fascinating. Metaphorical ones, especially those ...
Joe: My Personal English Learner Story
My name is José, but when I was six years old, my first-grade teacher changed it to Joe. Her decision to do so, continues t ...
America's Languages Matter
In America, languages matter. Wherever you're from, whatever language you speak, whatever language your ancestors had, and whate ...
Qué? You Don’t Know The 3 Pillars of Dual Language?
As a former dual language school principal in the Austin, Texas area, the most common question asked of me was – why dual lang ...
Grass Roots and Dual Language Immersion: Myth or Reality?
Last month, I promised to talk about grass-roots support for Dual Language Immersion. That's a dangerous promise for me to give, ...
The Promise of K-12 Dual Language Education
and believe in their hearts that an education in two languages is a right and not just an option, for students and their fam ...