The WABE Dual Immersion Special Interest Group’s mission is to support, expand and advocate for exemplary, research-based dual language education in Washington State. Through creating and promoting policies, sharing resources and professional development and engaging collaborators, we support bilingualism, biliteracy and biculturalism for all students.


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Dual Language Washington is a special interest group of the Washington Association for Bilingual Education. WABE promotes bilingual and multicultural education throughout the state of Washington in every possible way, at all educational and legislative levels, and among all groups.

On October 11, 2012, WABE cosponsored the initial Dual Immersion Summit in Vancouver, WA. The summit was attended by more than 50 dual language practitioners, researchers, administrators, and state directors. A “Mapping and Enhancing Language Learning in Washington State” study of dual immersion programs revealed 40 elementary schools, 13 middle schools and 4 high schools currently having dual immersion programs in Chinese, Japanese, and Spanish with 6 additional programs including a opening this past fall.

Michael Shapiro, Past President of WABE and Bernard Koontz, ELL Director for Highline Schools facilitated the continuation of the WABE Special Interest discussion of common needs, plans for collaboration, and application to the WABE Board of Directors to officially form a special interest group under the WABE umbrella. Participants collaborated to develop a list of the most pressing issues in dual immersion programs in Washington. Standards, assessment, professional development and program structure were determined to be the most pressing.

If you are interested in participating in future dual language activities, please contact us.