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Fourth International Conference on Language Immersion Education
Immersion 2012: Bridging Contexts for a Multilingual World

October 18-20, 2012
St. Paul, MN
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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Pre-conference Workshop
Program Evaluation Skills for Immersion Educators

Participants will learn the basics of program evaluation, including developing an evaluation purpose and questions, engaging stakeholders, collecting and analyzing data on immersion program implementation, and creating an action plan for improvement. Use of the Guiding Principles for Dual Language Education (Howard et al., 2007) as a tool for self-evaluation will be demonstrated.

Presenter: Julie Sugarman
1:30-4:00 pm

Friday, October 19, 2012

No Program Is an Island: Policy Contexts for Immersion Education
As educators work to establish or develop dual language programs, they must take into account local conditions, our current knowledge base, and a set of external policy contexts that expand or limit the possibilities for the programs. Because the programs are language-focused, they are subject to both education and language policies, at every level of government, from local to national. Further, the policies come in many forms laws, regulations, budget appropriations, and judicial decisions, among others. This presentation will examine the interaction between various policy contexts and the implementation of dual language education and discuss implications for program planning and advocacy.

Plenary Speaker: Donna Christian
8:30 am

Linguistic and Cultural Equity in Two-Way Immersion Education
In this presentation, I will share findings from a qualitative research study that explored two-way immersion practitioners' definitions and interpretations of equity. The findings illustrate program- and classroom-level policies and practices that contribute to or inhibit the creation of an equitable learning environment for linguistically diverse students.

Presenter: Julie Sugarman
11:15 am -12:15 pm
Room: Governors III


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