TWI Bulletin Archives

TWI Bulletin #36: NABE pre-conference institute, 2 jobs, and more (1/23/2009)

Happy new year! Here are some announcements about conferences, job opportunities, and other resources for dual language and two-way immersion practitioners.


NABE Dual Language Pre-Conference Institute
Wednesday, February 18, 2009, 8:30-4:30
Austin, TX Convention Center

Join your colleagues at the 2009 NABE dual language pre-conference institute on Wednesday, February 18 in Austin, Texas. It is a full day institute including beginning and ending general sessions and three sets of concurrent workshop sessions. This year’s keynote speaker is retired superintendent Dr. Santiago Wood.

The NABE annual conference, Bilingual Education: Strengthening America Through a Multilingual Society, will kick off Wednesday night and continue through February 21.

NABE has extended electronic registration through January 30, so it is not too late to register for the pre-conference institute, the conference, or both! Visit NABE’s Web site, for more information on registration and housing for the conference. For questions about the dual language pre-conference institute, please e-mail Peggy Morrison and Marjorie Myers at


Position: Principal, Inter-American Dual Language School (Chicago, IL)
Deadline: Application must be received by January 30, 2009
Annual Salary: MIN: $114,149.79 - MAX: $136,795.27

Outstanding principal sought for Inter-American Magnet School (IAMS), which has been a leader in successful multilingual, multicultural public education for over three decades. IAMS is the nation's second oldest dual language program (also known as Two Way Immersion). One of few public schools to be founded by parents, this Chicago Public School serves over 650 ethnically and economically diverse students in preschool through 8th grade from all over Chicago. 

Inter-American Magnet School seeks to promote academic excellence through dual language and multicultural education. All students, including those with special needs, attain proficiency levels in Spanish, English, mathematics, science and other fields of study that will enable them to compete and excel in community, academic and professional settings. Our students gain an awareness and appreciation for diverse cultures that greatly enriches not just their time here, but their lives in general.

For more information about IAMS and the available position, please visit


Position: CAL Research Assistant
Position available immediately

CAL is hiring a Research/Program Assistant I to provide coordination and research support for several projects concerning teacher professional development and language and literacy learning in schools. At least 25% of the duties will involve support for projects in two-way immersion, including helping with the next issue of this bulletin! This is a great opportunity for a recent college graduate to get his or her feet wet in language education research and dissemination.

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Two-Way Immersion Services from CAL

Now is a great time to think about the professional development, technical assistance, and evaluation services that you might need for your two-way immersion (dual language) program in the coming summer and next school year. Especially during a time of budget challenges, CAL can work with you to develop a plan for services that meets your needs and budget.

CAL offers professional development to practitioners in TWI programs using the Two-Way SIOP Model. Based on the SIOP Model used by sheltered English and ESL practitioners across the country, the Two-Way SIOP Model provides a framework for planning and delivering instruction to develop bilingualism, biliteracy, and cross-cultural competence in native English speakers and native speakers of the partner language in TWI programs.

CAL can also design services using our various tools for practitioners and one-time seminars on the critical issues facing educators in two-way immersion settings. We offer technical assistance to programs that are planning or currently implementing TWI programs to explore critical questions about program design, assessment, working with families and the community, and planning professional development.

CAL also conducts program evaluations of two-way immersion programs (as well as other types of programs for linguistically diverse students). In addition to documenting program implementation and looking at student outcomes, CAL is interested in building evaluation capacity in schools and districts by facilitating the use of the Guiding Principles for Dual Language Education for self-evaluation and reflection.

For more information about professional development for TWI teachers using the Two-Way SIOP, contact CAL's SIOP coordinator, Sandra Gutierrez, at or 202-362-0700.

For more information about all other technical assistance and evaluation services, contact CAL’s coordinator of two-way immersion services, Julie Sugarman, at, or 202-362-0700, or visit our services Web page at


DLENM Introduces New Clearinghouse and Professional Membership Opportunity!

Dual Language Education of New Mexico, a non-profit organization dedicated to the development, implementation, and support of quality dual language programs, is pleased to announce its new Clearinghouse for Dual Language Education Resources and Support! Through the Clearinghouse, DLeNM will make readily available quality resources that support effective design and implementation of dual language education. This includes the professional development facilitation necessary to make the most effective use of your resources. We’ll also develop a growing collection of new materials specifically tailored to the needs of students, teachers, administrators, and families committed to dual language education.

The centerpiece of the new Clearinghouse is the DLeNM Professional Membership. Membership, whether individual or institutional, provides access to additional benefits and resources, as well as opportunities for networking and advocacy—a critical combination for schools, districts, and communities designing, implementing, and refining dual language education programs. This isn’t just about quality resources very specific to dual language contexts; it’s also a chance to be part of a larger community dedicated to the growth and strengthening of quality dual programs, as well as multilingual/multicultural education, at the local, state, and national levels. Information about the Professional Membership can be found at

For more information about Dual Language Education of New Mexico, the Clearinghouse for Dual Language Education Resources and Support, or the new professional membership opportunity, please visit the DLeNM website at or give us a call at 505-243-0648.


CARLA Summer Institutes for Language Teachers

The Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition (CARLA) at the University of Minnesota has offered a summer institute program for second language teachers since 1996. The institutes offered by CARLA reflect our commitment to connecting research with practice as well as our ongoing mission to share what we've learned with teachers and their second language learners. Linking research and theory with practical applications for the classroom, each institute includes discussion, theory-building, hands-on activities, and networking with colleagues.

CARLA summer institute participants—more than 2,800 to date—have come from all over the world. They have included foreign language and ESL teachers at all levels of instruction, as well as program administrators, curriculum specialists, and language teacher educators. These institutes have been developed and are supported, in part, by the U.S. Department of Education’s Title VI Language Resource Center program. The summer institutes are co-sponsored by the University of Minnesota’s  College of Education and Human Development and College of Liberal Arts.
The CARLA summer institute program has grown steadily in popularity and many of the institutes fill up quickly, so you are encouraged to register early!

Click here to view the Summer Institute Schedule (2009).


This is the 36th in a series of occasional post-only mailings from the Center for Applied Linguistics (, with support from the Illinois Resource Center ( These messages include information about current dual language/two-way immersion news, publications, and events.

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