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Developing dual language education programs, practices, and pedagogy in Waterloo, Iowa
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This professional development workshop is intended for dual language teachers and administrators working in Waterloo, Iowa. Five, three-hour sessions, will be offered, covering essential areas in Dual Language Education: philosophy and history of dual language education, teaching methods, language policy, program structure, lesson planning, assessment, biliteracy development, and language and culture.

ESL and Bilingual Education Methods

Dr. David Cassels Johnson

This session explores approaches, methods, and practices in teaching English to speakers of other Languages in K-12 school settings. The focus is on effective and ethical approaches to language learning with practical applications of theory and research. Issues concerning linguistically diverse learners will be covered with pedagogical implications.


Growing and Sustaining a Dual Language Program

Ms. Lisa Wymore

During this session, participants will examine components of program structure that are critical for growing and sustaining dual language programs including: critical features and decision items, language allocation plan (language of instruction), on-boarding new staff, and integration of dual language programming with the larger school system. Participants will build on these components by exploring a framework for teaching for biliteracy. Teaching practices and strategies effective for dual language classrooms will be embedded throughout the session. We will take time to debrief and reflect upon these strategies, focusing on how they support the development of bilingualism/biliteracy, considerations for implementation, and differentiation techniques.


Planning for language learning in the immersion classroom

Dr. Pamela Wesely

In this workshop, teachers will work on planning lessons and sequences of lessons for an immersion context.  Using principles of backward design, we will develop both content and language objectives for the classroom, followed by identifying appropriate assessments and activities that will meet those objectives.  In doing this, we will also investigate how best to counterbalance instruction between content and language in the immersion classroom.


Supporting students' home language(s) in the classroom

Dr. Aliza Fones

In this workshop we will discuss the importance of supporting students' home language(s) in the classroom both in terms of identity development and leveraging home language for content learning. We will discuss strategies and how to incorporate home language in our teaching.


Assessment in Bilingual Education: Why, what, how, and when to assess

Mr. Alejandro Perez Belda, Dr. Lia Plakans

This session focuses on language assessment in bilingual education programs. The first part of the session will focus on appropriate theoretical frameworks for assessing bilingual learners. The second part of the session will target the connection of (1) Educational Goals, (2) Learning Practices, (3) Assessment Practices, and (4) Washback Effects. The last part of the session will cover designing assessment instruments, creating rubrics, and analyzing assessment data.


Upon completion of professional development, students should be able to:

  • Identify effective strategies in fostering multilingualism and biliteracy
  • Incorporate effective teaching methods for native and non-native English speakers
  • Identify the major educational policies impacting dual language education and articulate the philosophy and vision of dual language education
  • Develop formative, in-class assessments, supplement high stakes assessments for emergent bilingual student, and use the results to help drive pedagogical decision-making
  • Identify the major stages in second language development;
  • Identify home language use and sociolinguistic norms in the community;
  • Leverage the linguistic and cultural resources that emergent bilingual students bring to schools to benefit the teaching of all students.
  • Create effective lesson plans for dual language classrooms
  • Develop strategies for growing and sustaining dual language programs
Course Requirement

The course requires attendance at five, three-hour sessions.


Materials will be made accessible to the participants as needed. Participants do not need to purchase materials in advance.

1554 Oakwood Dr. Waterloo, IA
Iowa Licensure Renewal Credit

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