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Friday, January 26


General Session Featuring Dr. Mario Ferron
Next Step for Biliteracy: Dual Language Education in Secondary Schools
Dual language instruction (DLI) has proven successful in closing the academic achievement gap at the elementary level. However, many school districts stop DLI at 5th grade, even when DLI facilitates the development of academic language proficiency, especially at higher grades, where instruction becomes more challenging and less supported by context. Schools can help students to develop academic language proficiency in both languages through exposing learners to cognitively challenging and meaningful content courses in both languages. Therefore, the implementation of DLI at middle and high school levels is highly recommended; especially in communities with high percentages of Hispanic students, or receiving large numbers of ELLs into their secondary schools. This presentation will address the ethnographic experience and empiric evidence of implementing Dual language from Pre-K to 12th grade.

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Dr. Mario Ferrón

Dual Language Director, Uvalde CISD
Dr. Mario Ferrón is the Dual Language Director for Uvalde CISD. With more than 15 years of Experience in Dual Language, Dr. Ferrón taught 8th Grade U.S. History in Spanish for eight years at the Pharr, San Juan, Alamo Independent School District (PSJA-ISD) before becoming the Dual... Read More →

Friday January 26, 2018 8:00am - 9:30am
Heritage Ballroom AB
Saturday, January 27


General Session featuring Michael Rodriguez
Advocacy & Action: Ensuring Quality and Sustainability of Dual Language Programs
Dual language programs face many challenges in their quest to fulfill the promise of helping students attain bilingualism, biliteracy, grade-level academic achievement and sociocultural competence.  To effectively make this promise into a reality, districts must formulate a multi-faceted approach to supporting program sustainability through capacity building, K-12 alignment and leveraging of stakeholder support at all levels.

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Michael Rodriguez

Director of Operations, Dual Language Education of New Mexico
Michael Rodríguez is the Director of Operations for Dual Language Education of New Mexico, a non-profit organization dedicated to developing, supporting, and advocating for high-quality dual language programs throughout the country. After teaching at the secondary level, he spent... Read More →

Saturday January 27, 2018 8:00am - 9:30am
Heritage Ballroom AB