What is dual language education? by Coloring Colorado

The following youtube video explains what is dual language education.  The Colorin Colorado website, division or Reading Rockets, a national literacy organization just post it a short description of what is dual language.  The speaker explains that there are a variety of dual language education programs and that all focus on developing bilingualism and biliteracy for students.  This means the goal is to be fully bilingual and biliterate in two languages.  Many of these programs exist across the U.S. with the majority of them teaching Spanish and English.  The Center for Applied Linguistics keeps a good record of programs if you are interested.  If you are interested in learning more here is the link to one school in the Boston, MA The Hurley K-8 School.

Reading Rockets Shares How One District Supports English Learners

Reading Rockets has a great article that summarizes how a school in Clark County, NV supports English learners.  Researchers call what students do everyday to learn English and learn the academic standards we teach a Double Burden.  The Double Burden of trying to understand what the teacher is teaching as they are dealing with new vocabulary, new syntatic structure, and oral comprehension.  There are many teachers that implement effective teaching strategies, but often times teachers find it easier to not engage the English learner and just hope they get the material.

This articles provide a summary of what some teachers are doing to alleviate this and engage students to learn both interpersonal and academic skills more effectively and quicker.


Winner of the “Standout Tools for Professional Development” Teachers Choice Award

I am proud to announce that my co-authored book “Practical Ways to Engage All Struggling Learners” has won the “Standout Tools for Professional Development” Teachers Choice Award by from the Learning Magazine.

Here is the description of the book and you can even access a sample chapter. This professional guide was written to instantly address today’s challenging classrooms. Using educational data to identify each student’s strengths and weaknesses is critical to planning appropriate core instruction plus tier 2 and 3 strategic interventions. You will learn how to implement the multi-tiered system of support (MTSS) framework; how to pinpoint a student’s basic reading skills; and how to continuously monitor their progress so that you know when to use targeted curriculum materials(e.g., hi-lo books) that support reading success. http://www.sdlback.com/practical-ways-to-engage-all-struggling-readers

I feel excited and humbled that teachers reviewed and selected it. I hope more find it helpful as it will be publicized in their publications which reach over 75,000+ registered teachers.

Here is the official announcement link as well https://www.themailbox.com/learning/tca-professional-development