San Diego County Office of Education recently honored school district leaders
for their work in biliteracy.
than 370 parents, teachers, administrators, and school board members were in
attendance for the 16th Annual Biliteracy Symposium May 8 at the San
Diego Marriott, La Jolla.
special “Bea Gonzales Leadership in Biliteracy” award was presented to Dr.
Cristina Alfaro, chair of the Dual Language and English Learner Department and
director of Project CORE at San Diego State University. The award was in
recognition of her relentless commitment to teacher-education programs that
empower future educators to advocate for English learners and implement
high-quality dual-language programs.
were also presented to 35 biliteracy leaders in 18 school districts for their
commitment to promote high levels of biliteracy.
“Biliteracy means a student has access to a rigorous
curriculum that results in proficiency in two languages,” said Mónica Nava, senior director at the
San Diego County Office of Education. “The Biliteracy Symposium awards program promotes
biliteracy as an educational asset and celebrates our achievements.”
Diego County, which opened its first dual-language program in the 1970s, has
been at the forefront of the dual-language movement. Currently there are about
80 dual-language programs in the county, up from 30 programs in 2008.
shows that students who know more than one language are better prepared for the
global community and the job market. Dual-immersion students perform as well as
or better than non-immersion students on standardized tests in English, and
immersion students typically develop greater cognitive flexibility,
demonstrating increased attention control, better memory, and superior problem‐solving skills as well
as an enhanced understanding of their primary language.
sponsors of the event included Benchmark Education, Curriculum Associates, HMH
School Publishers, Imagine Learning, Mission Federal Credit Union, Renaissance
Learning, and Pearson.