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Dual Language Washington: WABE Dual Language Special Interest Group
The WABE Dual Immersion Special Interest Group’s mission is to support, expand and advocate for exemplary, research-based dual language education in Washington State. Through creating and promoting policies, sharing resources and professional development and engaging collaborators, we support bilingualism, biliteracy and biculturalism for all students.
On October 11, 2012, WABE cosponsored the initial Dual Immersion Summit in Vancouver, WA. The summit was attended by more than 50 dual language practitioners, researchers, administrators, and state directors. A “Mapping and Enhancing Language Learning in Washington State” study of dual immersion programs revealed 40 elementary schools, 13 middle schools and 4 high schools currently having dual immersion programs in Chinese, Japanese, and Spanish with 6 additional programs including a opening this past fall. Michael Shapiro, Past President of WABE and Bernard Koontz, ELL Director for Highline Schools facilitated the continuation of the WABE Special Interest discussion of common needs, plans for collaboration, and application to the WABE Board of Directors to officially form a special interest group under the WABE umbrella. Participants collaborated to develop a list of the most pressing issues in dual immersion programs in Washington. Standards, assessment, professional development and program structure were determined to be the most pressing. The Summit attendees will have the opportunity to participate in a pilot program hosted by various dual immersion programs focused on these crucial areas of need. For those interested in participating in future dual language activities, please watch the 2013 WABE Annual Conference schedule for details. The “Mapping and Enhancing Language Learning in Washington State” study will be posted here soon, as well other resources for districts that are delivering or considering delivering dual language programs. Since then, there have been several Leader Learning walls at dual language programs on the west side, and a meeting at the WABE conference on April 19 to further develop plans for the group. See the Minutes below.
Dual Language Leader Learning Walks are opportunities to tour effective DLE programs around our state, and to interact with other DLE educators. They are scheduled periodically in various locations.
Bilingual Classes Aiding English, Spanish Speakers — Feb 24, 2013 Everett, WA Herald Net article & interview with Michael Shapiro