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Building Strong Professional Development for Dual Language Educators
Building strong professional development for dual language (DL) educators requires careful planning and a good understandi ...
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Paletas in the Age of a Pandemic
I refused to let April 30 pass like the rest of the days. Growing up in México many years ago, Día del Niño was a huge d ...
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100 Dual Language Online Resources
As we sift through this unprecedented time, we also face unprecedented situations. Teachers can only interact with their stu ...
Tumbnail for: For Families: Supporting Your Young Dual Language Learners at Home
For Families: Supporting Your Young Dual Language Learners at Home
How can families whose children attend dual language programs support their children at home during the COVID-19 pandemic? ...
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Dual Language Learning "Over the Wire/Air"
Considering our planet's current situation, we are blessed to have the technology we have. In yesteryear, we had to depend ...
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Authentic Dual Language Learning: It’s All About the Brain
What is Authentic Bilingualism? What is Authentic Bilingualism? The concept, based on the definition of language and a ...
Tumbnail for: Dual Language Immersion: The Importance of the Language Allocation Plan
Dual Language Immersion: The Importance of the Language Allocation Plan
One of the most critical component of a strong and successful elementary dual language immersion (DLI) program is the language a ...
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Spanish Immersion Program at Washington STEAM thrives amid COVID-19 school closures
While students and teachers across the country adjust to the new reality of virtual and online learning, students in the d ...
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Consejos para padres de familia durante el tiempo del COVID-19
Durante este tiempo de encierro involuntario por la pandemia del COVID-19, muchos padres se han quedado en casa con su ...
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SUGERENCIAS PARA MAESTRAS Y MAESTROS de actividades y materiales gratuitos
Educar en el hogar debe ser educar con el hogar nunca más importante la colaboración escuela-hogar Alma Flor Ada & Isab ...
Tumbnail for: Staying Connected Through a Medium That is Accessible
Staying Connected Through a Medium That is Accessible
I have two jobs in education. My full-time job is as a kindergarten Spanish teacher in a two-way Immersion program in Mont ...
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Social Justice and Dual Language Immersion
Education in today’s world requires educators to remain grounded on the local context while also exploring global citizenship. ...
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Writing for Your Dual Language Peers
If you are a longtime follower of duallanguageschools.org, then you may have noticed when a fellow teacher, professor, or ad ...
Tumbnail for: A Unique Seal of Biliteracy at Nāwahī School in Hawaiʻi
A Unique Seal of Biliteracy at Nāwahī School in Hawaiʻi
Ke Kula ʻO Nāwahīokalaniʻōpuʻu, or Nāwahī for short, is a Native Hawaiian language medium school in Hilo, Hawaiʻi. ...
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This is How to Keep Kids Engaged and Learning While Stuck Inside the House
From thunderstorms to below-zero temperatures, sometimes kids just can’t play outside. Fortunately, there are plenty of educat ...
Tumbnail for: Make an Impact: Dual Language Elementary School Greatness
Make an Impact: Dual Language Elementary School Greatness
In the way of the positive thinker, it is possible to find greatness in our schools. Maybe it is the local high school recei ...
Tumbnail for: DEFYING THE ODDS: PARENTS of DUAL LANGUAGE LEARNERS ACHIEVE THE IMPOSSIBLE
DEFYING THE ODDS: PARENTS of DUAL LANGUAGE LEARNERS ACHIEVE THE IMPOSSIBLE
Research indisputably acknowledges parents as a student’s first and most important teacher. Federal education legislation ...
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Biliteracy Development for Developing Bilinguals
The Guiding Principles of Dual Language Education (3rd Edition) defines dual language programs as: …any progr ...
Tumbnail for: Bilingual Education in the 2000s: A Paradigm Shift
Bilingual Education in the 2000s: A Paradigm Shift
I began teaching in 1997, and I remember my first students very clearly. They were nineteen young learners, most of whom wer ...
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Nurturing the Roots
By: Iracema Pell I will never forget the face, the watery eyes, and the shaking voice of a grandmother hold ...
Tumbnail for: Secondary Dual Language Immersion: Negotiating the Master Schedule
Secondary Dual Language Immersion: Negotiating the Master Schedule
By: Kris Nichols One of the greatest challenges that secondary dual language immersion (DLI) programs face with regard to ...
Tumbnail for: Here's How to Get Your Kids Ready for School Post Winter Break
Here's How to Get Your Kids Ready for School Post Winter Break
By: Eric Kelly Here's How to Get Your Kids Ready for School Post-Winter Break It’s really not that hard for kids to g ...
Tumbnail for: The Third Pillar of DLI Education: Sociocultural Competence
The Third Pillar of DLI Education: Sociocultural Competence
The “three pillars” of dual language (DL) education are defined in one of the most important documents for dual language ...
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Happy Holidays from DualLanguageSchools.org!
This year, more people became interested in joining, starting, and teaching in dual language programs than ever. On our webs ...
Tumbnail for: Want Your Children to Be Bilingual? Start Now!
Want Your Children to Be Bilingual? Start Now!
While traveling through Switzerland many years ago, I had the pleasure of talking with Edvin, an eleven-year-old who was sha ...
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College and Career Writing Mentorship
Mentorship is key! College enrollment at the national level continues to decline. According to the National Student Cleari ...
Tumbnail for: The National Dual Language Education Teacher Preparation Standards: Updates from La Cosecha
The National Dual Language Education Teacher Preparation Standards: Updates from La Cosecha
The Standards: A Call to Action Numerous considerations beginning with the national shortage of well-prepared dual langu ...
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Holidays
My shoes have not walked along the beach. My dresses have not brushed against the cold and salty sea water. My hands ...
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Yes, I can read in two languages. Sí, puedo leer en dos idiomas.
As an ESL teacher and a Spanish teacher, a frequent question, often asked by educators and parents was, “Don’t students get ...
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Headed to Albuquerque for La Cosecha?
Everything you need to know… DualLanguageSchools.org is excited to welcome teachers and administrators all over the wo ...
Tumbnail for: The Power of the 3B in Creating Global Challenge Solutions
The Power of the 3B in Creating Global Challenge Solutions
In 2010, the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) developed, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Educatio ...
Tumbnail for: Movimiento towards a New Stance in Dual-Language Bilingual Classrooms
Movimiento towards a New Stance in Dual-Language Bilingual Classrooms
Bilingual Education has been institutionalized in many states for more than 50 years and educators must expand upon the establis ...
Tumbnail for: Strategically Transitioning an Elementary Dual Language Program to Secondary
Strategically Transitioning an Elementary Dual Language Program to Secondary
By Kris Nicholls With the rapid growth in the number of dual language programs in the US, the primary focus has been on ...
Tumbnail for: How to Infuse Environmental and Hands-On Supports for Language and Literacy
How to Infuse Environmental and Hands-On Supports for Language and Literacy
After reading a few articles and attending the latest professional learning session focused on language and literacy acquisition ...
Tumbnail for: Sustaining High-Quality Dual Language Pathways
Sustaining High-Quality Dual Language Pathways
Newly formed dual language programs are often initiated by a committed group of educators who have come to understand the re ...
Tumbnail for: Implementation of HB 3: Changes to the Bilingual Education Allotment for Students in Texas
Implementation of HB 3: Changes to the Bilingual Education Allotment for Students in Texas
In May 2019, the 86th Texas Legislature passed House Bill 3 (HB 3). This historic financial bill covers many different aspe ...
Tumbnail for: Inspiring Learning Environments for Dual Language Learners
Inspiring Learning Environments for Dual Language Learners
“When a flower doesn’t bloom, you fix the environment in which it grows, not the flower.” —Alexander den Hei ...
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Seal of Biliteracy Report
Very few skills from high school can go on your resume for the rest of your life. The fact that you got a 5 on a ...
Tumbnail for: Traveling for Teachers: Getting to Know Reno with ATDLE
Traveling for Teachers: Getting to Know Reno with ATDLE
This October, the Association of Two-Way & Dual Language Education (ATDLE) will host the 27th Annual Two-Way Bilin ...
Tumbnail for: Keeping the Promise of Dual Language Education – The Importance of Program Planning!
Keeping the Promise of Dual Language Education – The Importance of Program Planning!
We all share in the excitement by seizing the country around dual language education (DLE) as a powerful vehicle for school ...
Tumbnail for: Designing and Implementing Effective Professional Development and Coaching for Dual Language Programs
Designing and Implementing Effective Professional Development and Coaching for Dual Language Programs
By: Vivian Pratts Bilingual Educational Consultant ...
Tumbnail for: Opinion Piece: Hispanic Heritage Month, Year Round
Opinion Piece: Hispanic Heritage Month, Year Round
As a teacher, I am constantly reminded of how important celebrating one’s culture is. Last year, I taught a university-l ...
Tumbnail for: Back to School: New Opportunities
Back to School: New Opportunities
A new school year brings opportunities to improve and enjoy many wonderful experiences. As you begin a new assignment, consi ...
Tumbnail for: Five Essential Practices to Set Your Year on Course for Success
Five Essential Practices to Set Your Year on Course for Success
The beginning of the year is always a great time to set the tone of the class and your relationship with your students and t ...
Tumbnail for: How The National Spanish Spelling Bee is Rewarding Bilingualism
How The National Spanish Spelling Bee is Rewarding Bilingualism
The National Spanish Spelling Bee just successfully completed its 9th annual competition in Denver, Colorado, this past week ...
Tumbnail for: Facilitating Language Transfer in Mandarin/English and Vietnamese/English Classrooms
Facilitating Language Transfer in Mandarin/English and Vietnamese/English Classrooms
Phonology example As our world becomes more multicultural and multilingual, schools and districts in the U.S. are adju ...
Tumbnail for: Summer is the Time for a Dual Language School to Shift its Focus
Summer is the Time for a Dual Language School to Shift its Focus
Summer has arrived, and with it, comes a shift in focus for dual language programs across the country. Now is the time to wo ...
Tumbnail for: An Opinion Piece:  A Lifetime to Become Bilingual:  My Language Story By Aileen Passariello-McAleer
An Opinion Piece: A Lifetime to Become Bilingual: My Language Story By Aileen Passariello-McAleer
I’m a proud American with roots in both Italy and Venezuela. I consider myself bilingual, but that wasn’t always the case! ...
Tumbnail for: Science Literacy and Academic Achievement in Dual Language Classrooms
Science Literacy and Academic Achievement in Dual Language Classrooms
Sandra Mercuri, PhD Vivian Pratts, ABD Sandra Mercuri Educational Consultants Research shows Dual Language pro ...
Tumbnail for: Creating a Dual Language Network; An Interview with the Utah Dual Language Network
Creating a Dual Language Network; An Interview with the Utah Dual Language Network
Utah is known as a state that has really paved the way for dual language programs. With dual language programs constantly be ...
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Supporting Education at Home;
Limitless Learning Through Languages by Kathleen Leos, CEO of The Global Institute for Language and Literacy Development ...
Tumbnail for: STEM in DL: Teaching the Innovators of the Future
STEM in DL: Teaching the Innovators of the Future
The most important thing our schools can ensure students leave with is connection to a diverse community of learners- ...
Tumbnail for: Dual Language Network Insight:   The Beginnings of VADLEN
Dual Language Network Insight: The Beginnings of VADLEN
Dual Language State networks continue to change dual language education by creating a community among the state, setting stand ...
Tumbnail for: How Do You Recruit Qualified DL Teachers?
How Do You Recruit Qualified DL Teachers?
You have an amazing dual language program, you have the curriculum that fits your goals for the students, a space that feels i ...
Tumbnail for: How do you take your program from good to great?
How do you take your program from good to great?
As the popularity of dual language programs continues to sky rocket, this also means the competition among programs in the are ...
Tumbnail for: Biliteracy and Dual Language for Minority Students
Biliteracy and Dual Language for Minority Students
Teaching emergent bilingual learners is a multilayered, complex task. Nationwide districts that are serving an increasing emerge ...
Tumbnail for: Connecting with Dual Language Programs
Connecting with Dual Language Programs
The expansion of dual language programs is the imminent trajectory for the future. Every year, more and more programs begin th ...
Tumbnail for: English Space, Spanish Space, and Flexible Language Space in Dual Language Classrooms
English Space, Spanish Space, and Flexible Language Space in Dual Language Classrooms
Opinion Piece by Vivian Pratts, Bilingual Educational Consultant at VP Dual Language/Biliteracy/ESL sponsored by Okapi Education ...
Tumbnail for: Technology, Brain Power, & the Power of Language Learning
Technology, Brain Power, & the Power of Language Learning
Language is the key to learning! Language is the key to reading! Language is the key to cognition, stated Dr. Catherin ...
Tumbnail for: An Interview with Po-Hsi: CEO of Steering Committee for The Test of Proficiency-Huayu
An Interview with Po-Hsi: CEO of Steering Committee for The Test of Proficiency-Huayu
In honor of Chinese New Year, DualLanguageSchools.org is focusing on the success of Mandarin Dual Language Programs. To accomp ...
Tumbnail for: A Chat with Milken Family Award Recipient- Dual Language Teacher of the Month Chris Bessonette!
A Chat with Milken Family Award Recipient- Dual Language Teacher of the Month Chris Bessonette!
Photo Credit: The Milken Family Foundation One dual language teacher was in for a big surprise during a surprise assembly at ...
Tumbnail for: Translanguaging: A Strategy to Develop Authentic Biliteracy in Language Immersion Classrooms
Translanguaging: A Strategy to Develop Authentic Biliteracy in Language Immersion Classrooms
Translanguaging is a dynamic process in which multilingual language users utilize their language systems to make meaning and t ...
Tumbnail for: Dual Language Female Leaders: Lisa Dorner of MODLAN
Dual Language Female Leaders: Lisa Dorner of MODLAN
In many states, the adoption of dual language programs is just now beginning to take hold. For newcomers in such programs, a s ...
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The Momentum of Dual Language Schooling
A Word with the Abriendo Brecha Lead Editor The dual language field has exceeded expectations for all the work it has accompl ...
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A Sneak Peek into the NYC Symposium; A Word with Dr. José Medina
At this year's symposium for the New York City Department of Education, Dr. José Medina attended not only as a keynote speake ...
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An Insider’s Look; Kathleen Leos & The Beginnings of the Dual Language Movement
Many who have studied the dual language field for a long time are well aware of the immense accomplishments Kathleen Leos has ...
Tumbnail for: A Peek Into The Symposium: A Word With David Rogers
A Peek Into The Symposium: A Word With David Rogers
Many of you know David Rogers and his family from being the Executive Director of Dual Language Education of New Mexico. Howev ...
Tumbnail for: A Word with Margarita Calderón, the NYC Symposium
A Word with Margarita Calderón, the NYC Symposium
Last week, hundreds of people from the NYC Department of Education came together to learn the latest in dual language education. ...
Tumbnail for: An Interview with Susanne Peña, Project DL STEPS Manager
An Interview with Susanne Peña, Project DL STEPS Manager
The state of Florida has a diverse demographic, with almost a quarter of the population from Hispanic descent. That being said, ...
Tumbnail for: Benefits of the Seal of Biliteracy to Students
Benefits of the Seal of Biliteracy to Students
When you send your children out for dual language studies, you are gifting them the opportunity to see the world in a new ligh ...
Tumbnail for: Holding Space for Latino Students in Spanish Dual Language Immersion Programs
Holding Space for Latino Students in Spanish Dual Language Immersion Programs
Starting a Spanish dual language immersion program is no easy feat, but it can be especially difficult when the program is start ...
Tumbnail for: The Story of Adams 14, A District who Lost their Voz
The Story of Adams 14, A District who Lost their Voz
In an increasingly globalized world, the competitive advantage of being fluent in more than one language has given way to necess ...
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Tips on Marketing your Chinese Program
At the moment, over 1.2 billion people around the world speak Chinese. This makes it one of the most used languages around the w ...
Tumbnail for: 7 Reasons Why to Register Your Dual Language Program on The National Directory
7 Reasons Why to Register Your Dual Language Program on The National Directory
There are many schools that offer dual language education (and growing!) but finding the program that will be most beneficial fo ...
Tumbnail for: 5 Tips on Drawing Attention to your Dual Language Program
5 Tips on Drawing Attention to your Dual Language Program
With the current political climate, it is immensely important to advertise your dual language program effectively and strategica ...
Tumbnail for: An Interview with Denise Soler, The Creator of Project Eñye!
An Interview with Denise Soler, The Creator of Project Eñye!
A Latina filmmaker and cultural storyteller, Denise Soler Cox is dedicated to helping individuals, organizations and companies t ...
Happy Holidays from the SealofBiliteracy.org and DualLanguageSchools.org!
By: Arthur Chou The 2017 year flew by, and the states of Ohio, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Missouri and, Massachuset ...
Tumbnail for: How Massachusetts Passed Legislation for the Seal of Biliteracy
How Massachusetts Passed Legislation for the Seal of Biliteracy
Phyllis, Nicole, and Helen at the ACTFL in November 2016, when Phyllis and Helen won the MaFLAs Friend of Foreign Langua ...
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The Dual Language Schools Survey: The How, Why, What & When
Last year, after a lot of hard work and tireless support from many people, California passed Proposition 58, which repealed the ...
New and Improved Guide to Start a Successful Dual Language Immersion Program
Interested in starting a Dual Language program but don’t know what to do?  "Dual Language School Guide to Start a Successful ...
Tumbnail for: 5 Innovative Approaches to Find Bilingual/Dual Language Teachers
5 Innovative Approaches to Find Bilingual/Dual Language Teachers
Hiring quality bilingual/dual language teachers is a competitive feat for any school leader but the increasing values of biliter ...