The Wide World of Language: Reaching Beyond
Language is a big deal in Washington. Students in our schools speak over 225 different languages, and all are learning English though a variety of methods. A growing number are also learning academics in their first language as well as English. One size does not fit all, although there are ever-advancing practices in each of the “sizes”. This year’s WABE Annual Conference will address many methods of language instruction for many varieties of learning environments. Our keynote speakers will start the conversation each day: Dr. Margarita Calderón has researched and written many practical books with ideas for sheltered instruction. Drs. Virginia Collier and Wayne Thomas have done groundbreaking research on dual language programs and continue to work in districts here in Washington. Dr. Pedro Noguera is a nationally known speaker and author on equity and access for underrepresented populations, issues that also affect our English learners.
As always, we will have plenty of entertainment, networking and learning opportunities. Come to Bellevue April 23-25 and meet Washington’s best educators, including you and your colleagues!