Common language skills are
indispensable to successful
global relationships.

See how ATDLE bridges the gap.

About ATDLE

The Association of Two-Way & Dual Language Education (ATDLE) was formed into a national organization in 2013. It had previously existed as Two-Way CABE for over ten years. The Board of Directors found it necessary to move from a state organization to a national organization to mitigate the development of programs throughout the U.S.A. In 2017, there are over 1800 Dual Language and Two-Way Bilingual Immersion programs in the country in five different languages: Spanish, Mandarin, Korean, Spanish and Japanese.

As the leading organization in Two-Way Bilingual Immersion Education, we work closely with other organizations and agencies that share a common vision and mission for this work. These agencies form the National Dual Language Consortium to support the development and continued implementation of Two-Way & Dual Language programs throughout the United States. The Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL), Dual Language Education New Mexico and others work to provide quality training and support as programs develop in their respective communities.

The ATDLE team provides focused and relevant professional training opportunities for new and existing programs! Our commitment to excellence in education through second and third language education is unwavering. We believe strongly in quality implementation and the full implementation of research-based practices. We lead the charge by utilizing the amazing expertise of some of the most experienced programmatic experts in TWBI/DL and know that we can be of great service to teachers, administrators and program development leads wanting to start their programs or improve their practice!

What is TWBI/DL?

The world is changing. Shared successes, and catastrophes, require communication links between countries. Common language skills are indispensable to successful global relationships.

In a Two-Way Bilingual Immersion program, children prepare for a global future. They achieve comprehensive fluency and literacy in two languages. Their bilingualism allows them to communicate with ease in multiple countries.

Two-Way Bilingual Immersion blends two language education models: an immersion program for English-only speakers and a bilingual maintenance model for English learners. Students from the two language groups attend class together, learning from one another and supporting each other’s second language acquisition. Both groups of students develop linguistic and academic competence in two languages: their native language and one more.

The result is superior academic performance, in two languages. Bilingualism not only enhances cognitive development, it also increases multicultural understanding and expands educational and professional prospects. Whether students choose to engage in global opportunities or contribute to their own communities closer to home, all will benefit from the bilingualism, biliteracy and expanded multicultural perspectives that Two-Way programs provide.

Mission & Vision

Mission and Vision for the Organization

The Association of Two-Way & Dual Language Education (ATDLE), a leading national organization, promotes highly effective Two-Way Bilingual Immersion and Dual Language educational programs that further multilingualism, academic success and the development of cross cultural competencies for all students.

Societal Vision Statement:

ATDLE believes in the development of schools that create language enclaves to protect and advance the learning of languages in an effort to develop equitable and just communities.

Programmatic Vision:

ATDLE holds fast to the belief that a student need not lose a language to learn another and that additive bilingualism benefits all students in the development of their cognitive, academic, linguistic and socio-cultural proficiencies.

Mission and Vision for the Organization

The Association of Two-Way & Dual Language Education (ATDLE), a leading national organization, promotes highly effective Two-Way Bilingual Immersion and Dual Language educational programs that further multilingualism, academic success and the development of cross cultural competencies for all students.

Societal Vision Statement:

ATDLE believes in the development of schools that create language enclaves to protect and advance the learning of languages in an effort to develop equitable and just communities.

Programmatic Vision:

ATDLE holds fast to the belief that a student need not lose a language to learn another and that additive bilingualism benefits all students in the development of their cognitive, academic, linguistic and socio-cultural proficiencies.

Organizational Vision:

ATDLE is committed to developing a non-profit organization with the infrastructure and resources to support, advance and develop Two-Way Bilingual Immersion and Dual Language programs throughout the United States.

ATDLE is committed to developing a non-profit organization with the infrastructure and resources to support, advance and develop Two-Way Bilingual Immersion and Dual Language programs throughout the United States.

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Meet The Team

The ATDLE Board at Work

The ATDLE Board continues their commitment to advance the ATDLE mission of supporting new and existing Two-Way & Dual Language Programs throughout the western regions to include California, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Alaska, and Texas.

ATDLE is very proud of its collaborating partners and agencies from throughout the United States. David Rogers and the Dual Language Education of New Mexico acted as ATDLE’s fiscal sponsors until ATDLE received its non-profit status March 2013 and is a valuable partner in this work.

The National Dual Language network is flourishing in its work and gathers two-three times a year to share its major projects and programs.

The National Dual Language Association consists of the Center for Applied Linguistics, CARLA in Minnesota, Dual Language Education of New Mexico, the Illinois Regional Center including advocates and researchers engaged in TWBI & Dual Language educational programs.

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