Dual Language Washington: WABE Dual Language Special Interest Group

Mission Statement:

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. Anyone in Washington operating or considering opening a dual language program is encouraged to participate in this group and its activities.

Video Series

Translanguaging: Propelling Language Learners in Dual Immersion and Traditional Classrooms
Dr. Ann E. Ebe
Part 1 Introduction
Part 2 World Wide Examples
Part 3 Principles and Misconstructions
Part 4 Guide Overview & Conclusions


DLW Annual Meeting Minutes April 19, 2013
DLW Annual Meeting Follow-up April 28, 2013
DLE NEEDS Questionnaire Results 4-20-13 Summary
Leader Learning Walk Minutes – Mount Vernon March 21, 2013

Other Resources

Useful Sites for Developing Language Arts Standards for Dual Immersion Programs
Mapping and Enhancing Language Learning in Washington State
CAL Guiding Principles for Dual Language Education
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.
January 2013 DL Leader Learning Walk Summary
Bilingual Classes Aiding English, Spanish Speakers — Feb 24, 2013 Everett, WA Herald Net article & interview with Michael Shapiro
Washington State Seal of Biliteracy  The Seal of Biliteracy recognizes a student who has attained proficiency in both English and one or more other world languages by high school graduation.