TWI Bulletin Archives

TWI Bulletin #25: New Online Toolkit, 2-Way CABE, Family Survey, and Positions Available (7/7/2006)

I hope everyone is having a great summer so far! Here’s some news in advance of 2-Way CABE, coming up in just over a week!


Two-Way Immersion Toolkit Now Available in Web-Based Version


The Two-Way Immersion Toolkit that was published last December is now available in a Web-based version, allowing easier browsing, and providing some resources (such as the 2-page Overview of Two-Way Immersion, available in English and Spanish) in more convenient formats. Check it out at!


The Two-Way Immersion Toolkit is a resource for teachers, parents, and administrators involved with two-way immersion (TWI) programs, particularly those at the elementary-school level. It brings the principles of dual language instruction to life through a Q&A on classroom instruction and model lesson plans that showcase how effective instructional strategies play out in the two-way context. A section of the Toolkit on parent involvement in TWI programs includes an overview of two-way immersion, a Q&A for parents, a home-school communications template, and additional resources. This section on parent involvement is available in both English and Spanish.


Dual Language Family Survey 2006 Selected Findings – Now Available!


The official report for Dual Language Family Survey 2006 based on 725 families is now complete and ready for your review.  All information about the Dual Language Family Survey is posted on the DLeNM website:


The DLeNM Board of Directors encourages you to use this data in your educational and advocacy work. In order to facilitate the understanding and use of the survey results data, the steering committee has posted the following documents on the DLeNM website:


  • Copies of the survey (English and Spanish) for use by other school communities and school districts
  • Copies of the Executive Report (English and Spanish) for use when giving an overview of the survey
  • The Official Report of the family survey (PDF Format)
  • A PowerPoint Presentation which can either be viewed on-line, or downloaded for use.


The data from this survey are presently being analyzed by researchers, graduate students and educators.  Reports generated by each analysis will be posted on the website in the future for your further review.


If you have any questions concerning the survey, the results or its potential use, please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Jay Parkes - Lead Investigator ( or David Rogers – DLeNM Executive Director (


CAL Presentations at 2-Way CABE


Donna Christian and I (Julie Sugarman) look forward to seeing you at 2-Way CABE in Long Beach. We’d love to have you join us at one of our presentations:


The Two-Way Immersion SIOP

Wednesday, July 19, 10:30 am to 12:00 noon

Room 104 C

This presentation will introduce resources for using the SIOP Model to shelter instruction in two-way immersion settings. The focus is a handbook developed by CAL researchers and four experienced TWI teachers that includes video vignettes demonstrating how the SIOP plays out in TWI classrooms. There are also examples of SIOP-based lessons in TWI classrooms with commentary from the teachers.


CAL’s Online TWI Resources and the TWI Toolkit: An Interactive Introduction

Thursday, July 20, 10:30 am to 12:00 noon

Harbor/Tech Lab

Participants will be introduced to CAL’s online resources for two-way immersion educators: The Directory of Two-Way Bilingual Immersion Programs in the U.S., Frequently Asked Questions page, Guiding Principles, and bibliographies. Special emphasis will be on the new Two-Way Immersion Toolkit, with Q&A on classroom instruction, model lesson plans, and a section on working with parents.


Dual Immersion/Bilingual Teaching Positions at Barbieri and Inter-American


Framingham Public School District
Framingham, MA


The Framingham Public School District in Framingham, MA seeks a part-time middle school Spanish Bilingual Dual Immersion Coach and a middle school Spanish Bilingual Math and Science teacher. Below are the descriptions and requirements for each position:


Middle School Spanish Bilingual Dual Immersion Coach

The Spanish Bilingual Dual Immersion Coach is a part-time position that aims to support Two-Way teachers at a district middle school as they implement quality instruction in the areas of social studies and Spanish language and literacy. It requires previous experience instructing adolescents, knowledge of dual immersion programs, some experience conducting professional development activities, and very strong Spanish language skills (oral and written).

Middle School Spanish Bilingual Math and Science Teacher

The Bilingual Math and Science teacher will instruct newcomers at a district middle school using sheltered techniques. Candidates must be eligible for Massachusetts certification in math and have very strong Spanish language skills (oral and written).


To apply for either position, contact:

Sara Hamerla
Assistant Director
Bilingual, ESL, and Sheltered English Programs
Framingham School District
Phone: (508) 626-9171
FAX: (508) 424-3436




Inter-American Magnet School (IAMS) is considered a national model of successful multilingual, multicultural education. The public elementary school will be opening a new campus on Chicago's north side (East Lakeview neighborhood) in September 2006; it will be the recipient of almost $7 million dollars of renovation work to create an updated, exemplary facility in which to continue its successful mission.


Anticipated vacancies include a variety of positions from pre-K through 8th grade.


The school:

- Public school founded by parents in 1975

- National model for dual language education (80/20 in lower grades; 50/50 in upper)

- Promotes academic excellence through multilingual/multicultural education

- Curriculum focused on the peoples of the Americas

- Small class sizes

- Serves approximately 650 economically and ethnically diverse pre-K to 8th grade students from all over Chicago


The faculty:

- Creative, collaborative and dynamic

- Award-winning: includes 5 Golden Apple Awards, 2 Kohl McCormick Awards, Illinois Teacher of the Year, 3 National Board Certified

- Most possess master's degrees

- Work side-by-side with parents for an active partnership

- Knowledgeable, articulate and activist

- Promote caring, cooperative and accepting environment which promotes social, affective and cognitive development of the whole child


Recommended credentials and developed skills:

- Illinois Type 04 or 03 Standard Certificate

- Transitional Bilingual Spanish (Type 29) Teaching Certificate

- High levels of proficiency (speaking, reading and writing) in both Spanish and English


AND preferred areas of expertise/strengths include:

- Familiarity with/interest in dual language instruction

- Expertise in best instructional practices such as standards-based teaching, instructional assessment, cooperative learning and differentiated instruction

- Demonstrated ability to integrate concepts around the culture of the Americas, multiculturalism and social responsibility across the curriculum

- Skill teaching diverse students

- Demonstrated innovative, creative and collaborative instruction

- Comfort working in an instructional team environment

- Additional endorsements a plus


Interested candidates should submit qualifications to:

Dr. Anna Correa, Acting Principal

Inter-American Magnet School

919 W. Barry Ave. Chicago IL 60657


Ph: 773.534.5490

Fax: 773.534.5483


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