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:

Grow Your Own Teachers

A 50-State Scan of Policies and Programs

Over the past four years, New America has been researching Grow Your Own (GYO) programs as a strategy for growing and diversifying the teacher workforce. GYO programs—partnerships between school districts, institutions of higher education, and community-based organizations to recruit and prepare community members to become teachers in local schools—are increasingly popular as a strategy for teacher recruitment and development. We began this work with a focus on bilingual teacher development and the need for more
bilingual teachers to support the needs of English learner students.

The need for GYO is clear. States are experiencing teacher shortages across subject areas, such as special education and bilingual education, and regions, particularly in rural areas. Research on GYO suggests that homegrown teachers have higher rates of retention and that these programs remove barriers that have kept some individuals from being able to access and persist in a teacher preparation program. At the same time, states are making efforts to increase the racial and linguistic diversity of the teacher workforce. Students of color make up the majority of the K–12 student population, yet their teachers are majority white, female, and monolingual. GYO programs often focus on recruiting and preparing teachers of color who are invested in promoting social justice and changing the education system from within.


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.

Translanguaging Origins

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.

Wyoming’s News

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

Lil Libros

SSB COVID-19 Guidance Letter – July 2, 2020

Updated Guidance for Awarding the State Seal of Biliteracy

The California Department of Education (CDE) will continue to award the State Seal of Biliteracy (SSB) during the 2019–20 and 2020–21 school years. As always, local educational agencies may order insignias through the online Insignia Request Form located under the “Procedures, Requirements, and Forms” tab on the CDE SSB web page at https://www.cde.ca.gov/sp/el/er/sealofbiliteracy.asp

Distance Learning Parent Newsletter – July 2020


The Distance Learning Parent Newsletter was published weekly during the transition to distance learning. Starting with the June 2020 issue, the newsletter will now be published monthly.

This issue focuses on talking to kids about social justice. With race and racism in the news, children of all ages are likely to have questions. Talking to children about race and racism is important, but it can be difficult to know how to handle these conversations in an age-appropriate way. For that reason, this newsletter provi

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!