Monthly Archives: February 2016

Resource: The Center for Teaching Biliteracy

The Center for Teaching Biliteracy is an outstanding resource for those considering new dual language programs as well as for those who are interested in refining an existing dual language program. This site has outstanding resources in Spanish and in English and registration is free at http://www.teachingforbiliteracy.com/. Developed by Karen Beeman and Cheryl Urow of the Illinois Resource Center, this site provides teaching, research, and professional development resources. Karen Beeman will be the featured presenter in Dual Language Washington’s Professional Development Series in October of 2016. Keep watching for registration announcements.

Call to Action: Senate Bill 5675

This from Michael Shapiro, Dual Language Washington Leadership Secretary

Dual Language Washington has endorsed Senate Bill 5675 entitled Expand Dual Language Programs and Bilingual Instruction to Improve Student Achievement and Close the Opportunity Gap. This important stepping stone which fosters growth of dual language education in Washington is currently in the Senate Ways and Means Committee. Our goal is to get it out of committee for broader review and adoption. Members of the committee are listed below.

Please take a moment to email or call Senator Andy Hill and the rest of the Ways and Means Committee members or your legislator urging them to give 5675 a hearing and fully fund and pass the bill out of committee.  Anything you can do at this point will really help move the bill.

The committee members are:

Members Hill, Chair (R); Braun, Vice Chair (R); Dammeier, Vice Chair (R); Honeyford, Vice Chair, Capital Budget Chair (R); Hargrove; Keiser; Ranker; Bailey; Becker; Billig; Brown; Conway; Darneille; Hasegawa; Hewitt; Nelson; O’Ban; Padden; Parlette; Pedersen; Rolfes; Schoesler; Warnick

Thank you  in advance for all your support. We are really making some progress and it’s clear that dual language and bilingual education is gaining more traction in the legislature.

A sample letter is below:

Dear Legislator:

I encourage you to support Senate Bill 5675 entitled Expand Dual Language Programs and Bilingual Instruction to Improve Student Achievement and Close the Opportunity Gap. As research has repeatedly demonstrated, dual language education as a premier educational model to propel not only English Language Learners, but also all language learners to closing the achievement gap and propelling them beyond the achievement of monolingually schooled students. As an educator, I strongly endorse the growth of dual language programs given the reconstituted mainstream of Washington State and the necessity to enhance educational models to promote excellence for all of our students.

Please endorse Senate Bill 5675 which is currently being reviewed in the Senate Way and Means Committee.

Respectfully,