A Call for ELL Students to Access STEM Classes

Corey Mitchell, a contributing writer for EducationWeek, has published an article about the findings from a recent National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine report. The report from the National Academies reveals that under-resourced schools and underprepared educators “limit English-learners’ access to high-quality and challenging science, technology, engineering, and mathematics educational opportunities.” This research report … Continue reading A Call for ELL Students to Access STEM Classes

Tips for Teachers: Numeracy and the Bilingual Classroom

ColorínColorado has a resource page dedicated to “Instructional Strategies for Dually-Identified Students,” written and researched by Dr. Diane Torres-Velasquez of the University of New Mexico and Dr. Diane Rodriguez of Fordham University. This page includes articles, videos, and recommended resources for educators looking to effectively modify instruction for English Language Learners (ELLs) with “identified disabilities.” … Continue reading Tips for Teachers: Numeracy and the Bilingual Classroom

Three Tips for In-Class Assessments

Andrew Miller, a contributing writer for Edutopia, has recently published an article on assessment in the classroom. He suggests that informal “interviews or chats” with our students are more effective in assessment than formalized tests. Assessment can be scary. Miller suggests that “the word assessment carries a lot of baggage and can cause anxiety in both … Continue reading Three Tips for In-Class Assessments

“Learning How to Speak with My Ancestors”: A Story of Finding Identity Through Language

Learning our heritage language allows us access to our ancestral roots, so believes Alisha Drabek, a woman who recently learned her native language of Alutiiq. Published by Sierra Club National Magazine, in a compelling piece titled “Learning How to Speak with My Ancestors,” Drabek divulges her personal history (and struggle) with her native language and … Continue reading “Learning How to Speak with My Ancestors”: A Story of Finding Identity Through Language

La Cosecha 2018: Updates from the Field

During this past week, La Cosecha, a dual language conference located in New Mexico, celebrated its 23rd year with over 3,000 people gathering to exchange ideas on dual language education. Several TWIN-CS members attended the conference, including Principal Leticia Oseguera and mentor Susanne Peña (see her blog post here). Olivia Harlow, writer for local newspaper … Continue reading La Cosecha 2018: Updates from the Field

Learning from Other Educators: First Japanese-English Dual Language Program in NYC

A result of concerned parents who were eager to see “dual language education in languages other than the French and Spanish programs” in the Brooklyn area, New York City’s Public School 147 (PS 147) is now an English-Japanese dual language school. According to the article by DualLanguageSchools.org, the Williamsburg Dual Language Program began in 2014 … Continue reading Learning from Other Educators: First Japanese-English Dual Language Program in NYC

Research Findings from Study of English Language Learners with Reading Struggles

A recent publication from Usable Knowledge, an online journal published by Harvard University Graduate School of Education, examines possible reading challenges (ELLs) experience. Penned by staff writer Grace Tatter, the article delves into common educational gaps that negatively affect educational experiences for ELLs. Educators may not know exactly why ELLs are struggling with reading. Teachers … Continue reading Research Findings from Study of English Language Learners with Reading Struggles

Comida Y Consejos: A New Web Series about Language, Food, and Culture

DualLanguageSchools.org is a resource for dual language educators and parents of children in dual language schools. As of late, the organization has begun to add to its webpage in the form of a YouTube series. Titled Comida Y Consejos, this series introduces four dual language advocates who share their experiences as dual language teachers, marketing … Continue reading Comida Y Consejos: A New Web Series about Language, Food, and Culture

Highlighting Susanne Peña, mentor for St. John Vianney School of Orlando, Florida

Recently, TWIN-CS Network’s own Susanne Peña, mentor for our Florida schools, was interviewed by DualLanguageSchools.org to discuss how her upbringing continues to impact her involvement with bilingual education today. During the course of this interview, Peña references her childhood in Puerto Rico, stating that growing up in a bilingual household continues to color her experience … Continue reading Highlighting Susanne Peña, mentor for St. John Vianney School of Orlando, Florida

“Biliteracy, cultural intelligence, and global dexterity”: High School Students in New Mexico Achieve Seals of Biliteracy

A recent publication by Roswell Daily Record discusses the growing popularity of recognizing student accomplishment in language acquisition. In New Mexico, over 1,300 high school students have achieved a Seal of Bilingualism-Biliteracy on their diploma. The Seal recognizes student proficiency in a language other than English and offers students the chance to be “meaningfully recognized … Continue reading “Biliteracy, cultural intelligence, and global dexterity”: High School Students in New Mexico Achieve Seals of Biliteracy