TWI Bulletin Archives

TWI Bulletin #35: TWI Bulletin #35: Dual U professional development scholarship, conference updates, and other news (10/30/2008)

It hasn’t been very long since the last Bulletin, but I wanted to share some interesting opportunities with upcoming deadlines! It was great to see so many of you at the Immersion Conference in Minnesota, and I’m looking forward to seeing you again at La Cosecha!


Teacher Scholarships Available Through a Dual Language National Professional Development Project

The Illinois Resource Center in conjunction with National-Louis University is pleased to announce the availability of a dual language professional development scholarship. This scholarship is available for teams of teachers and administrators who work in a dual language program and for teams of teachers and administrators who are interested in starting or teaching in a dual language program.

Teacher scholarship recipients will complete a three-graduate credit course that can be applied towards some states’ requirements for either an ESL or bilingual endorsement. The class is based on Dual Language Instruction: A Handbook for Enriched Education (2000) by N. Cloud, F. Genesee and E. Hamayan.

The class will meet on February 12, 13, and 14, 2009, and again on May 14, 15 and 16, 2009, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Administrators will receive training on best practices for implementing dual language programs and will take field trips to dual language programs in the area on February 12, 13, and 14, 2009 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Teacher classes and administrator sessions will take place at The Illinois Resource Center, 2626 S. Clearbrook Dr., Arlington Heights, IL 60005. In between the two on-site classes, course participants will be required to complete a series of on-line assignments, including lesson planning, strategy implementation, and materials review.

A PDF Application may be downloaded from Deadline for Spring 2009 participation is November 17, 2008. For further information, please contact Nora Sandoval at (224) 366-8541.


13th Annual La Cosecha Dual Language Conference

November 12-15, 2008

Santa Fe Convention Center, NM

The full conference program is now available for download at, and registration is still open.

Julie Sugarman and Lee Granados from the Center for Applied Linguistics would be very happy to see you at our presentations:


Thursday, November 13, 2008

10:00am-11:00am, Convention Center – O’Keefe

Sequential vs. Simultaneous Biliteracy Development in Dual Language Programs

Julie Sugarman (Center for Applied Linguistics)

This presentation will compare three basic program models: those in which all students learn to read in Spanish first, in English and Spanish simultaneously, or in their native language first. We will discuss pros and cons of these approaches and compare examples of their implementation to research on best practices.


Thursday, November 13, 2008

1:00pm-2:30pm, Convention Center – Bishop Lamy

Working Together! A Collaboration Amongst a School, University and CAL

Julie Nora and Sol Hernández (International Charter School, Pawtucket, RI)

Lee Granados and Julie Sugarman (Center for Applied Linguistics)

An elementary school principal partnered with a university and the Center for Applied Linguistics to create a graduate course in TWI SIOP to help dual language teachers acquire their ESL/Bilingual endorsement. We will describe the collaboration and course. Teachers will share reflections on the impact of TWI SIOP, lessons, and thematic units.


Thursday, November 13, 2008

2:45pm-4:15pm, First Presbyterian Church – Pope A

Guiding Principles for the Guiding Principles: Conducting a Successful Self-Evaluation

Julie Sugarman (Center for Applied Linguistics) 

Participants will learn how to use the Guiding Principles for Dual Language Education for program self-evaluation. Specific topics covered include engaging stakeholders, finding and documenting evidence to support ratings, collecting and analyzing qualitative data, disseminating findings, and creating an action plan for improvement.


Friday, November 14, 2008

1:00pm-2:30pm, Ghost Ranch Retreat Center – Perea

Two-Way SIOP Training - Adding the Cultural Component

Lee Granados (Center for Applied Linguistics)

For the past two years, the Center for Applied Linguistics has taken the SIOP training one step beyond the traditional classroom and into dual language programs around the United States. This session will focus on looking at schools. districts, and teachers who have gone through the training and the effects they have had on them. Students samples will also be shown throughout the session.


Goldman Sachs Foundation Prizes for Excellence in International Education

The Goldman Sachs Foundation and Asia Society are seeking applications for the 2008 Goldman Sachs Foundation Prizes for Excellence in International Education. The prize program was created in 2003 to raise awareness of the growing importance of international knowledge and skills for U.S. students and annually awards prizes totaling $150,000 in five different categories. 

Applications for the elementary/middle school, high school, district/state, and media/technology prizes are due Monday, December 1st, 2008. For more information and to access the online application, please visit


Call for Proposals for 2-Way CABE 2009

17th Annual National Two-Way Bilingual Immersion Program Summer Conference

July 5-9, 2009

Monterey, CA


2-Way CABE invites you to submit a proposal to present at the 2009 Two-Way Bilingual Immersion Conference. 2-Way CABE seeks classroom teachers, administrators, university professors and other educators who will conduct informative, interesting, and useful workshops for conference attendees. Deadline for submission is January 16, 2009. Visit for the proposal form.


CAL Celebrates its 50th Anniversary!

On February 16, 2009, the Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL) will mark the 50th anniversary of its founding. This milestone presents a unique opportunity to focus renewed attention on the significant role of language and culture in today’s global society. Building on research, learning, and knowledge from its long history, CAL will take a fresh look at the significant issues of language and culture that both unite and divide our world.

We have created a special CAL50 Web site devoted to information about CAL’s history, new resources, and special anniversary events during our year-long celebration. Visit the Web site at


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