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 Institute Elevates Minds Through Language

​​One of the state's largest learning events for dual language programs in San Diego has expanded to include language learner instruction.

Focused on leveraging language to maximize student success, the 15th annual Dual Language and English Learner Institute, hosted by the San Diego County Office of Education, is on March 29 from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Town and Country Resort and Convention Center.​

Respected researcher and author Lily Wong Fillmore will kick off this year's institute with her decades of investigation and insight into issues related to the education of language minority students. Wong sets the stage to revitalize dual language and English learner educators and stakeholders.

The California Association for Bilingual Education Two-Way Dual Language Teacher of the Year James Orihuela will bring his 20 years of experience as a 6th- to 8th-grade Spanish language arts teacher in a dual language program. He will share how 91 percent of his 8th-grade students have passed the AP Spanish language exam.

Local dual language experts Drs. Cristina Alfaro, Li-Rong Lilly Cheng and Karen Cadiero-Kaplan, of San Diego State University, also will share insights, progress, and advances in language education. 

Breakout sessions include integrating English learner development, implementing California Standards with students who are new to English, closing the achievement gap through dual language immersion, and balancing language with content instruction. 

Event vendors will have the latest materials for dual language programs and English learner instruction. There will also be interactive, hands-on sessions as well as breakout time for networking with grade-level peers and team planning.

This practical and inspirational event supports school districts' Local Control and Accountability Plans and priorities under Title III, a federal law ​regarding​ language instruction for English learners.