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Teaching Dual Language

By Dual Language School Team
Noviembre 30, 2017
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Last year, after a lot of hard work and tireless support from many people, California passed Proposition 58, which repealed the bilingual education restrictions created by Proposition 227 in 1998. This was great news for Dual Language Education! However, this also created a huge demand for more dual language schools. Because of the previous restrictions on bilingual education, there were no up-to-date materials to sustain these new schools. All the materials were developed...

By Dual Language School Team
Noviembre 28, 2017
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By: Dr. José Medina, Director of Dual Language and Bilingual Education. Center for Applied Linguistics, Washington, DC

As a former dual language school principal in the Austin, Texas area, the most common question asked of me was – why dual language?

I would venture to say that this is true for any parent with children enrolled in dual language schools, teachers serving emergent bilingual students, district leadership advocating for implementation of dual...

Teacher of the Month
By Dual Language School Team
Noviembre 21, 2017
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Teachers are innovators, constantly finding new ways to supplement their students' education in fun, creative ways that make learning enjoyable. This could not be more true of Vanessa Garcia, our October Dual Language Teacher of the Month! Vanessa utilizes the arts to solidify her students' education, and provides them with a sense of creativity that goes beyond books, allowing students to explore with an artistic mind. Vanessa's dedication to her students exemplifies the qualities that we...

By Dual Language School Team
Noviembre 15, 2017
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Thank you to all who participated in our Dual Language Schools California survey. For those who missed our presentation at La Cosecha in Albuquerque, New Mexico, here are the survey findings. Thank you to CABE for sponsoring such an important project.

If you would like to download the results as a PDF, please click...

By Dual Language School Team
Noviembre 14, 2017
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By: Dr. Bill Rivers, Executive Director of Joint National Committee for Languages

Last month, I promised to talk about grass-roots support for Dual Language Immersion. That's a dangerous promise for me to give, and for you to believe: almost nothing signifies cultural identity and belonging more than language, and the support for Dual Language runs into identity at full tilt.

If I tell you that my father's ancestors spoke French, and that on occasion I heard my...

By Dual Language School Team
Noviembre 02, 2017
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By: David Rogers

and believe in their hearts that an education in two languages is a right and not just an option, for students and their families.

These are exciting times for Dual Language Education, as we see more and more school districts around the country committing to the strengthening and expansion of K-12 Dual Language Education. Motivations for this growth in DLE programs range from a...

By Dual Language School Team
Septiembre 06, 2017
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Teaching is one of the most powerful professions on Earth. The ability to shape a mind from a young age is both a privilege and a gift. At DualLanguageSchools.org, we honor the profession by sharing the stories of influential teachers who have made a difference in the Dual Language community. We believe that teachers deserve recognition for their first-hand involvement in shaping society, and allowing creative young minds to grow. This month's teacher of the month, is someone who embodies...

Dual Language Teacher of the Month Christina Perez and class taking a field trip to the library
By Dual Language School Team
Agosto 15, 2017
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Where are you from?

I was born and raised in Salinas, CA. I, along with my siblings are first generation born in the United States. Our family, culture, and pride comes from Michoacán, Mexico, where growing up, we spent our winter vacations and learned what being Mexican is all about. Being Mexican American is a privilege and something I am very proud of.

How long have you been involved in education?

I have been involved in education all of my life. As a child,...

Dual Language Teacher of the Mont Krishna Borja Cruz helping a student
By Dual Language School Team
Julio 19, 2017
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What has been your experience of dual language education in northern California?

I have been given the great opportunity to teach a Dual Immersion 4th/5th grade class. We follow the 90/10 model and at these grade levels, students learn in Spanish 60% of the time and in English 40% of the time. After just completing my teaching credential program, my experience at Thomas Edison has been an amazing one. I have had the privilege and opportunity to work with a group of students that...

Dual Language Teacher of the Month – Chris Bessonette and students
By Dual Language School Team
Junio 09, 2017
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An exciting way to challenge one's self is to continue learning and getting feedback on current work as well as reflecting on how classroom strategies can be improved. While it may be a stretch, the same way teachers hope their students grow, teachers should also experience the fantastic manner of growing in their own capacities. Teachers encourage deeper analysis of why and how things are accomplished whether it be math or science. Why should teachers not be expected to demonstrate a deeper...