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2024 Winter Institute Featured Speakers | DLeNM, Molina, Alfaro

Thursday Workshop, Dual Language New Mexico Training:

The team who leads La Cosecha Annual Conference in New Mexico is coming to WABE to lead a full day training from 9:30 am – 3:30 pm!

Workshop Title: Unlock the Power of Multilingual Education: Growing and Sustaining Your Dual Language Programs

Are the decisions made by your dual language team ensuring program sustainability? Join us for this engaging and reflective pre-conference institute designed for school teams and educational leaders who are committed to creating, enhancing, and sustaining quality dual language programs. Using the Guiding Principles for Dual Language Education, we’ll uncover foundational program elements and essential understandings that will help you to build, grow, and sustain effective dual language programs. Empower your school community with the knowledge and tools to create an effective K – 12 dual language pathway for all students. With a focus on planning and implementation, together we’ll create a space for “pláticas” and networking while helping your team to develop actionable steps for your local context.

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Friday Morning, Rosa Molina 

Keynote: We must all be leaders in the world of Dual Language Immersion Education!

Dual Language Immersion (DLI) educators are unique in their commitment to biliteracy for the students at their schools who have chosen this educational journey. Dual Language educators must take on a leadership role in either as a DLI classroom teachers or school/district administrator in a united effort to create a learning environment that protects the learning of languages as well as the students who are speakers of the target language. These families are relying on your expertise, language abilities, and messaging as you work to teach and encourage the learning of two languages and cultures with their children. Are you up for the challenge?

More about Rosa Molina

Rosa G. Molina is the Executive Director of ATDLE, the Association of Two-Way & Dual Language Education (ATDLE) which was founded in March 2012. ATDLE evolved from Two-Way CABE, that Rosa helped to develop in 1991. In her most recent work, as Executive Director, Rosa and her team provide technical assistance and professional development to TWBI Programs in California and the Western region of the United States. ATDLE continues to promote the expansion of TWBI education and the Seal of Biliteracy throughout California and the U.S.Before retiring in 2011 to take the lead with ATDLE and Two-Way CABE, Ms. Molina worked as the Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction for Ravenswood City School District in East Palo Alto, CA from 2009-2011 after working for San Jose Unified SD for twenty five years. In SJUSD, Rosa was also the Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum & Instruction where she had supervisory responsibility and direct oversight of the district’s eight state preschools, 39 elementary schools, seven middle schools and seven high schools. In addition, she provided oversight of the Special Education, Desegregation, Curriculum and Instruction, Enrollment, Bilingual Education, Elementary and Secondary Education programs for SJUSD. Rosa built her base of expertise by spending years as a bilingual classroom teacher, Title I Resource Teacher, Staff Development District Trainer & Resource Teacher, Manager of Staff Development, Principal, Director of Bilingual Education/Staff Development, and Director of Elementary Education. Her national dissemination work through Project Two-Way, an Academic Excellence Grant from the U.S. Department of Education, helped her found and support the development of more than 30 programs throughout the United States.

Saturday Morning, Dr. Cristina Alfaro

Keynote: Dual Language Bilingualism Education: Trends, Policy, Pedagogy, and Future Directions

This presentation will examine the research related to Bilingual Dual Language Education Trends, Policy, Pedagogy, and Future Directions as it relates to the essential qualities of bi/multilingual educators. The goal is to allow educators to engage in deep and reflective analysis about their professional knowledge and practice.

More about Dr. Alfaro

Cristina Alfaro, Ph.D. is the Associate Vice-President for International Affairs at San Diego State University. Dr. Alfaro is a Dual Language Education Professor and Immediate Past Chair of the Dual Language and English Learner Education Department in the College of Education where she championed and led the largest bilingual teacher education program in the state of California. Additionally, she has been honored by the San Diego County Office of Education Biliteracy Leadership Award, College of Education and University Senate Excellence in Teaching Award, the National Outstanding Latina in Higher Education Award, and the Gomez-Morin Global Education Award. As a researcher she has examined and published on the role of ideological consciousness and pedagogical practices that situate access and equity at the core of dual language/bilingual education.