Featured Headline – Kim Potowski
Have you seen this? Our keynote speaker, Dr. Kim Potowski’s Ted TalkX video last May is very pertinent to Two-Way and Dual Language Programs:
Dr. Kathleen Contreras, professor and well known Latina author of children’s books, works with Two-Way & Dual Language organizations to scan the airwaves for news about Two-Way Dual Language programs throughout the U.S.A. This work is invaluable as she works to keep us in the know of the latest developments in the field. Here is her latest ¡Chispas! for you to review.
The article traces the Welsh origins of ‘‘translanguaging’’ from the 1980s to the recent global use, analysing the development and extension of the term. It suggests that the growing popularity of the term relates to a change in the way bilingualism and multilingualism have ideologically developed not only among academics but also amid changing politics and public understandings about bilingualism.
Casper grade school will offer English-Spanish dual language program in fall.
A dual language program will begin teaching students in Spanish and English at Park Elementary School in Casper this fall.
Natrona County School District trustees unanimously approved the program at a meeting.
3 Interesting articles on Education Week
Fluency in a Second Language
Fluency in a Second Language: Should it Be Part of College and Career Readiness?
The rise in popularity of dual-language programs in public schools has been well documented in recent years—I did a story about it two years ago—and there’s even been a small, but growing policy push to encourage students to become bilingual and biliterate. (There are now official state seals of biliteracy given to high school graduates who qualify in California, New York, Illinois, and, most recently, Texas.)
I have no doubt that dual-langauge programs will continue to proliferate, especially as they continue to gain favor with middle class families.
Oregon Department of Education
ATDLE is proud to announce its new contract with the Oregon Department of Education! ATDLE will support the ODE Dual Language Collaborative effort throughout the State. Seven sites from throughout Oregon make up the collaborative and are working to initiate and/ or re-align their TWBI/DL Programs. Dr. Kathyrn Lindholm-Leary will be working to establish clear evaluation guidelines for the programs. The work with ODE will commence in January and continue for 2-3 years!