Pre-Conference Options

Going Deeper into Teaching for Biliteracy and the Bridge with Karen Beeman

Fee: $125

Thursday March 22nd 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm.

This session will begin with a review of the different types of bilingual students we serve in our dual language programs and the demographic changes that have taken place in the United States in the last few years. The second part of the session will focus on the type of planning and instruction that best meets the needs of our developing bilingual students, using the strategic use of two languages in planning for Spanish, English, and the Bridge. And finally, using examples and videos, we will go deeper into the Bridge and will look at the two purposes of the Bridge: transfer and metalinguistic development.

Tacoma Elementary School Visit

Schools: Blix Elementary & Sheridan Elementary

Fee: $125, limited to 35 participants

Thursday March 22nd 7:30 am – 3:00 pm (times vary with traffic)

Join us for two elementary schools featuring Dual Language Models. We will visit one school in the morning and the other after our lunch discussion. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity. Bus transportation and lunch provided.

About Blix: Trygve Blix Elementary School is located on the East Side of the City of Tacoma, in the Tacoma School District. The beautiful building is home to 564 students, pre-k through 5th Grade. In addition to Regular Education/English only classrooms (K-5), we have a full Dual Language program for grades K-5, which is the one of two dual language programs in the district. Blix students also have Special Education, Title One, LAP, and EL support. We have approximately 160 identified EL learners in the school who are housed in English only classrooms or participate in the Dual Language program. Blix has an economically, socially, and ethnically diverse school population with students and families coming to us for all over the world. Our staff is a mix of veteran and new teachers and support personnel who work every day to positively impact the learning of our children.  Blix’s principal is Tacoma region for AWSP Principal of the year for 2018.

About Sheridan:

Vision—What future do we expect?

Sheridan Elementary students will have the foundational skills necessary to become college and career ready. 

Mission—Why are we here every day?

Sheridan Elementary provides a system of collaborative support that results in academic, emotional and social success for every student every day.

Sheridan Elementary School is a high-poverty school located on Tacoma’s eastside. It’s composed of a diverse group of students with 43% Hispanic, 15.3% White, 13.5% Black, 12.7% Asian, 10.2% two or more races, 3.2% Pacific Islander and 2.1% Native American.  Sheridan Elementary features one of two Tacoma Public School dual- language preschool programs, where youngsters take instruction in both English and Spanish.  Sheridan has the largest EL enrollment in the district at the elementary level.  Sheridan is a PBIS school.

Tacoma Secondary School Visit

Schools: First Creek Middle School & Lincoln High School

Fee: $125, limited to 35 participants

Thursday March 22nd 7:30 am – 3:00 pm (times vary with traffic)

Join us for this visit featuring Tacoma School District’s two largest EL Enrollment Schools. We will visit one school in the morning and the other after our lunch discussion. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity. Bus transportation and lunch provided.

About First Creek:

Innovation Model:  Community partnership organizations provide wrap-around services on site to help students and their families. The goal is to remove obstacles to student achievement while providing a central point for services. This includes counseling for mental health and drug and alcohol issues, parent support groups, staff-student mentor groups, college preparatory programs and several youth enrichment clubs. This blend of academic rigor and family support helps students develop the academic skills and character traits to become college-and career-ready. First Creek has the largest EL enrollment among the district’s 10 middle schools.  Its staff has received and used GLAD to support students.

About Lincoln High School:

Lincoln High School is the second oldest high school in the city of Tacoma. One hundred years after opening, the school is economically and ethnically diverse, a model of the modern, multicultural urban high school. Lincoln has the largest EL enrollment in the district at the secondary level.  In the last decade, Lincoln, High School has achieved a remarkable renaissance in teaching and school programs.  A once dormant drama department now features annual productions.  An award-winning culinary-arts program regularly bests similar programs in the region.  Lincoln has been named School of Distinction during the last 3 consecutive years. Lincoln Center, which earned an innovation designation from the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, posted impressive results:

  • 98 percent of the first graduating class earned their high school diploma,
  • 82 percent won acceptance to two- or four-year colleges, and
  • the 2014 graduating class garnered almost $2 million in college scholarships.

Student Demographics

  • Approximate Enrollment: 1450 students
  • 4-year Graduation Rate: 81.9%
  • Free and Reduced Price Lunch Rate: 70.82%
  • Special Education: 14.25%