Indiana Dual Language

IDOE Monthly Updates November 2019

Message from Dual Language Specialist

Fall is always a time of celebrations and holidays; however, in the educational world, we know it's also a time of professional development and meetings. October brought WIDA, the Indiana Dual Language Networking day, and a Teaching for Biliteracy Institute. November brings IFLTA, INTESOL, and La Cosecha. As we are improving our educational practices and knowledge, don't forget to take time to spend with family and to enjoy Thanksgiving.

Spotlight on Willow Lake Elementary School

MSD Washington Township opened its first two-way dual language program with two kindergarten classrooms this fall with a total of 52 students at Willow Lake Elementary School. Of the 52 students, 25 are ELs (three are Karen-speakers while the others come from Spanish-speaking homes). Of the students from English-speaking homes, 10 are African American and 14 are Caucasian.

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

On Tuesday, October 29, we had a successful dual language networking event at MSD Washington Township. Vesna Dimitrieska from Indiana University presented on proficiency in dual language programs. Martha Martin of Global Indiana and Pilar Lara from the Spanish Resource Center at IUPUI each spoke to administrators about international and visiting teachers. Martha Nyikos of IU and Erika Tran of MSD Lawrence Township each facilitated afternoon discussions to finish up the day.

The padlet to view materials is linked here. If you were able to attend and have not had a chance, please provide feedback from the day by completing this form.

Dual Language Grant Information

As part of IDOE’s continued support of bilingual education, the Office of Title Grants and Support is pleased to announce the expansion of the Indiana Dual Language Immersion Program grant. This expansion will offer funding to new as well as existing programs. There are four different funding tiers in order to encourage the growth of new programs while also providing support for the programs that continue to grow by grade level each year. Please see the attached memo for more information. The deadline for submission is November 8.

Who "Gets" to be Bilingual

The National Education Policy Center put out the Q & A linked here with Beatriz Arias, former Vice President and Chief Development Officer for the Center for Applied Linguistics. This article focuses on the Seal of Biliteracy (our Certificate of Multilingual Proficiency), its current uses, and its roots in social justice.

La Cosecha 2019

La Cosecha 2019 is rapidly approaching. We plan on having a meet up for Indiana dual language educators attending on Thursday November 14 after sessions. Please email Nicole Leach if you are interested in joining to discuss and share information from the day's sessions!
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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!

Moodle Opportunity

Were you unable to join in the ABCs of Dual Language sessions this summer. Would you like access to videos of our Zoom meetings and copies of our slides? If so, please contact Nicole Leach in order to gain access to all the wonderful, shared information surrounding program structure, curriculum, instruction, family engagement, assessments, support, and resources.
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