Multistate Association for Bilingual Education, Northeast

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la siembra

New Dual Language Education Program School Leadership Retreat

La Siembra  is a 2-full day retreat designed by Dual Language Education New Mexico (DLeNM) to facilitate planning, preparation, and design of new dual language programs. 

Facilitators: Yael Zakon-Bourke, Deborah Sercombe, Amy Finsmith, Phyllis Hardy, and Katie Cardamone

The La Siembra program planing retreat includes:

  • Two days of intensive training and planning for key stakeholder groups from schools that have started or are planning to start a dual language program in the next two years.
  • Retreat organized around the Dual Language Program Planner: A Guide for Designing and Implementing Dual Language Programs
  • Training and facilitation by veteran dual language teachers.
  • Ultimate goal, for each team, is to leave the institute with a clear idea of what is needed to provide a high quality dual language program, and the beginnings of a team developed action plan.

Schools must participate as a team including Principal or Assistant Principal; Teacher Leader (e.g. instructional coach or program coordinator); and a minimum of three teachers, who represent primary and intermediate grades. Participating teachers may include support teachers and non-dual language teachers. Other participants may include district support personnel, parents, board of education members, etc. A maximum of 8 participants per school permitted.

Contact MABE for further information or to request this service


MABE-Northeast, PO Box 281 

Ashland, MA 01721

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