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NABE Pre-Conference Institute —
Feb. 12 San Diego Convention Center
Full Day Institute

from NABE

Developing and Implementing Highly Effective Dual Language Immersion Programs
This pre-conference institute will address the purpose, philosophy and key features of dual language immersion programs. The overview is intended for all program administrators, teachers, resource personnel, school board members and parents to assist them with planning and implementation of dual language immersion programs. The institute will include program definitions, design, critical features, rationale and basic components for implementation. We will look at specific models and programs implemented in California, Texas, New York and throughout the nation. Topics that will be addressed include the basic components and guiding principles of effective dual language immersion programs, recruiting and marketing dual language immersion programs in your school community; working with dual language immersion parents; and addressing the most frequently asked questions of parents and school staff. Sample questions are: "If it's OK to immerse English speakers in Spanish, why isn't it OK to immerse Spanish speakers in English?" Presenters encourage schools to attend as a team and create individualized action plans for developing or continuing of a dual language immersion program. Our message is to attain the goals of bilingualism, biliteracy and multiculturalism for all students!

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