Join us in SeaTac!

For a close look at dual language programs in Washington, come to the WABE Winter Institute at the SeaTac Doubletree Hilton, January 31 – February 1, 2020. We’re excited to have two great featured speakers: Karen Beeman, nationally known author and trainer in dual language program organization, and Alfonso López, 2018-19 Washington State Principal of the Year, principal of dual language Lewis & Clark Elementary School in Wenatchee. A host of other DL program leaders and educators from around the state, including OSPI Migrant Bilingual staff, will fill out the program. If you have questions or ideas to share about dual language education, don’t miss this weekend!

Regular Registration Rate (November 23 – January 24)
• Single-Day: $150
• Two-Day: $250

Week of Registration Rate (January 25 – February 2)
• Single-Day: $175
• Two-Day: $300

Add the Thursday Kent School Visit to your Winter Institute registration for $125.

WABE offers a 50% off rate to high school or university students with student ID. Please note that the student rate is not available for Pre-Conference selections. When registering, enter the code WINTER20 to receive the discount.

Featured Speakers

Friday Morning, Karen Beeman: 

Karen Beeman is an education consultant whose specialty is biliteracy and bilingual education. Karen has worked as a classroom teacher, principal of a dual language school in Chicago, consultant with the Illinois Resource Center and professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago and National Louis University. The area that has most captured Karen’s passion and work is biliteracy, how to teach children how to read and write in two languages at the same time. As a professional developer, Karen works at the national level providing training for teachers, principals, and other stakeholders involved in one-way and two-way immersion/dual language programs, transitional bilingual programs, and English as a second language programs on topics that include biliteracy development, authentic methods for teaching Spanish literacy, the Bridge between languages and literacy in English. A simultaneous bilingual born and raised in Mexico City, Karen is co-author, along with Cheryl Urow, of the book Teaching for Biliteracy: Strengthening Bridges between Languages (2013), Caslon Publishing and co-founder of the Center for Teaching for Biliteracy,

Saturday Morning, Alfonso López:

Alfonso López was recently named the 2019 Washington State Elementary Principal of the Year. He began as a paraprofessional and Lewis and Clark Elementary in Wenatchee, WA and is now an  “agent of continuous improvement” as principal. For more information on Alfonso, please visit the Wenatchee Schools website


Kent Dual Language School Visit

Kent School District Two-Way 50/50 Spanish/English Dual Language serves students from a diversity of cultural and linguistic backgrounds. Our district is one of the most diverse in the nation, representing more than 138 different languages. Scenic Hill Elementary School, one of five KSD DL schools, serves students in grades K-6 from 20 different linguistic backgrounds. Spanish and English partner teachers at each grade level collaborate to deliver coordinated SLA and ELA; science, social studies, and health in Spanish; and math and specials in English. In our 7th year of dual language, Scenic Hill maintains a schoolwide college-ready focus, a strong shared-leadership structure, and practice grounded in the CAL Guiding Principles for Dual Language Education.


If you have questions about or changes to your registration, please contact the WABE Registrar. Per the Institute Terms & Conditions, we do not accept cancellations or provide refunds, but substitutions are accepted through the first day of the conference.


To view a full agenda, please visit the WABE Winter Institute app. Additional details will be added in the coming weeks.

Please note: signing up for the app does not register you for the Institute. 

Hotel Accommodations

DoubleTree by Hilton Seattle Airport

Nightly rates are only $135! Click here to book your stay.

18740 International Blvd., Seattle, WA 98188


Parking at the DoubleTree is $12.00 + tax and city fees per night. For overnight guests, the city fee is only charged once.

Airport Shuttle

The DoubleTree offers an airport shuttle that runs every 20 minutes at the top of the hour, 24 hours a day. The shuttle picks up at island 1 or 3 in the ground transportation area of the airport. The shuttles have the hotel name on the side and a large “1” in the front window.


Meals are not provided at the Institutes. There are many local area restaurants and eateries in the area to visit during the lunch breaks.

Clock Hours

During the Institute:

• Sign-in each day at the Clock Hour table.
• Pick up a Conference Planning Sheet. This will include your on-line access code to claim hours after the conference.
• Track the sessions you attend on the Conference Planning Sheet. (Be sure to keep this form.)

After the Institute:

• Go to the WAESOL website at and click on the Clock Hours tab. Proceed to the 20220 WABE Winter Institute link.
• Use the access code received at the conference to access the payment and registration system.
• Fill out the online form and submit.
• Pay online (PayPal or credit card) for the number of clock hours you are requesting.
• WAESOL will verify attendance through the daily sign-in sheets.
• Once verified, official Signed Clock Hour Forms will be mailed to you.

Upon Receipt of Official Clock Hour Form:

• Sign and date the form.
• Make a copy to retain for your records.
• Forward the form to your district HR department according to their procedures. Procedures vary from district to district, so please check with your district regarding their specific process.

Clock Hour Questions

Questions can be directed to WAESOL’s administrative assistant, Jessie Moore at

Vendor Registration

At the Winter Institute, we have 6 booth spaces available. We expect around 300 participants from Washington State. You’ll have time for networking with attendees during the hour before the keynote each morning, during passing times, during our 90-minute networking lunch breaks and you’re also invited to attend workshops for more connection with our audience.

Additional sponsorships include advertising your product on our e-marketing messages to the entire WABE audience (over 4000 participants) and the opportunity to welcome the entire institute audience on Friday or Saturday morning before our keynote begins.

All exhibitor tables are 6′ x 30″ and come with two chairs. Exhibitors are encouraged to join attendees for the General Sessions and workshops for more networking opportunities. For shipment and power information please contact the registrar following registration. Booth locations to be determined on your order of registration.

Click here for vendor registration.