Dual Language SchoolsThe Whittier School District and their Quest to Understand Translanguaging An Interview with the CABE Seal of Excellence School

02/2019
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We believe that this book study is important because it will positively impact students by developing the students' conceptual thinking and facilitating metalinguistic awareness. The book study will allow teachers to be reflective of ways to access all language learners. This teacher learning will have a trickle effect to all classrooms, as both Dual Immersion and English Only teachers plan and collaborate during grade level meetings and data reflection sessions.

The Translanguaging study will have tremendous impact on Dual Language learners. Palomino and Whittier School District are hopeful that their study of translanguaging shifts their thinking about planning, instruction, and assessment as students make connections with their home language and target language. They believe this shift will increase student achievement for Dual Language students by developing their conceptual thinking and facilitating metalinguistic awareness.

As Whittier School District has been known to make leaps and bounds in dual language, it was a natural choice as Cotsen honors forward thinking educators. Their mission is to make good teachers into great teachers, and, what better way than with a book study to learn about new practices that will positively impact all learners?

Duallanguageschools.org will continue to support all sides of the study of translanguaging by running more articles around the topic. If you have thoughts that you'd like share with the community about translanguaging, submit an opinion piece to info@duallanguageschools.org.

I believe this book study of translanguaging will highlight the importance of drawing on students' knowledge to build new meaning and connections. We hope that the translanguaging book study highlights dual language education and brings awareness to other districts and teachers about the great things that are happening in dual language classrooms across the nation.

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