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 Reimagined Dual Language and English Learner Conference Now in January

The San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE) is bringing together the top voices in dual language and English learner education in a new take on a 16-year-old event.

The reimagined Dual Language and English Learner Conference is now presented in partnership with the San Diego State University (SDSU) Dual Language and English Learner Education Department. This is also the first year it will be a multi-day conference with a full day for visiting dual language programs and a simultaneous parent institute. 

With the recent passage of California’s Proposition 58, schools now have more flexibility to develop services for English learners and the power to create bilingual and multilingual programs. 

"It’s important for the County Office to provide this opportunity for scholars and practitioners to collaborate, network, and explore innovative approaches and best practices in improving academic outcomes for language learners," said Olympia Kyriakidis, SDCOE advisor to the San Diego County Achievement Gap Task Force.

Kicking off the conference is one of the leading voices in the state on English learners and bilingual education, UCLA professor and author Patricia Gándara. Gándara will share her important and relevant research on educational equity for racial and linguistic minority students, access to higher education, the education of Latino students, and language policy. Gándara is a commissioner on President Obama’s Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics and is an American Educational Research fellow.

Also speaking at the conference is U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera, who will share his pure love of language and learning. Educators will cherish the story of how he was given his "voice" by a caring San Diego-area teacher, and will discover strategies to connect students to the joy of learning.

SDSU College of Education Dean Dr. Joseph Johnson will share his extensive research and findings from his new book, America’s Best Urban Schools, which identifies urban schools that achieve outstanding academic results for every demographic group of students they serve.

Hundreds of educators from across the state are expected to attend this year’s Dual Language and English Learner Conference, which includes school site visits at various locations on Jan. 11 and the conference from Jan. 12 to 13 at SDSU’s new student center. 

For more information about cost, details, and the parent institute, click here. Space is limited.