Indiana Dual Language
IDOE Monthly Updates November 2019
Message from Dual Language Specialist
Spotlight on Willow Lake Elementary School
The program is open to incoming kindergarten students in the Willow Lake Elementary school boundaries. The language allocation plan for the program follows an 80/20 model. In subsequent years two teachers in each grade will be added until the two strands of the K-5 implementation has been achieved.
As the first few months of school are finishing up, there have been many successes to celebrate. Staff believe that training received from the Teaching for Biliteracy Summer Institute prepared them for a strong start. Students have been very motivated to learn in Spanish and English. They have picked up academic vocabulary quickly with daily TPR and transdisciplinary units.
Cristina Vasquez, the district's dual language immersion coach, wrote, "Although there is a lot of time and planning involved in teaching a DLI classroom, our teachers have really embraced it, are working extremely hard, and have been very flexible." Congratulations, Willow Lake, on an excellent start to providing equity in education for all students!
2019 Dual Language Networking
Vesna Dimitrieska of Indiana University presented on proficiency in dual language programs.
There were representatives from over fourteen districts throughout the state in addition to representatives from Jefferson County Public Schools in Kentucky.
Martha Martin took time to present to administrators on visiting and international teachers.
Dual Language Grant Information
Who "Gets" to be Bilingual
La Cosecha 2019
IDOE Offers Teaching for Biliteracy Institute
IDOE is thrilled to offer a two-day Teaching for Biliteracy Institute on May 19 through May 20, 2020. This workshop will be 35-40 participants so we ask that each district please no more than two participants. Below is information from our Save the Date for the event. Look for a sign up link next month!