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Summer Institute
Professional Development

Every summer, we are joined by our colleagues to meet, learn, and get ready for the coming school year at our Summer Institute. We offer a variety of professional learning topics for experienced and novice teachers and leaders in Dual Language Education (DLE). During summer we don’t just recharge and rest, but we also work ardently to prepare for the next school year. 

Summer Institute 2023 


For the 2023 Summer, MABE offered different Professional Development topics on August 14-18.

Watch for announcements of the 2024 Summer Institute offering in Spring 2024!

Session Descriptions

    • Holistic Bilingualism & Assessment with Sue McGilvray-Rivet: This 4 hour workshop will explore the rationale and process for creating and monitoring biliteracy benchmarks and trajectories based on the work of Kathy Escamilla and colleagues. Participants will evaluate their own biliteracy assessments and either produce a plan for creating benchmarks or revise their current plan for monitoring the biliteracy growth and development of their Dual Language Education (DLE) program students.
    • Core Strategies for DLE Instruction with Liz Howard and Shera SimpsonIn the garden of DLE instructional frameworks, there are a lot of 'plants' to choose from – SIOP, TWIOP, the Biliteracy Unit Framework, Literacy Squared, the Translanguaging Unit Plan, GLAD, the 6Cs, Counterbalancing... the list goes on and on! How do you decide which one is right for your program? Start by looking beneath the surface to the common instructional roots that all of these approaches share, and the soil of culturally and linguistically sustaining pedagogy that they are all planted in, and commit to keeping your focus there regardless of which approach or combination of approaches your program uses. 
    • DLE Essentials with Aradhana Mudambi: This PD provides an overview presentation for educators, community members, and other stakeholders of a district or school contemplating DLE programs. This PD provides a foundational knowledge of DLE as well as an understanding of the planning and commitment required to build a successful program. The goal is for all participants to understand the research and theoretical rationale of DLE, the goals of DLE, and a beginning understanding of the program structure.
      • Cross-Linguistic Pedagogy Series: Registrants can select and combine any one of these sessions upon registration.
        • Students as language detectives: Using metalinguistic awareness to build vocabulary in two languages with Rachel GatelyIn this professional development opportunity we will explore classroom tested metalinguistic strategies to help students build their own vocabulary and discover connections across languages. Participants will take on the role of a student to complete a routine that can be flexibly implemented in any classroom. Participants will leave with strategies and resources that can be implemented immediately, as well as ideas on how to get students excited to take ownership of their own learning and how to make vocabulary fun!
        • Visible Thinking Routines (Oracy Strategies) with Elissa WashburnThis professional development opportunity is designed to share strategies from Harvard's Project Zero's Visible Thinking Routines to explicitly teach oracy in dual language classrooms. Participants will discuss how to write targeted language objectives for thinking routines that allow students to increase their academic language through listening and speaking.
        • Asi Se Dice & Dictado with Elissa WashburnThis professional development opportunity is designed to share the DLE strategies of Literacy Squared's Asi Se Dice and Dictado, which target cross linguistic analysis. Participants will learn how to consider students' linguistic needs to write effective, targeted language objectives for these strategies so that students can develop their "superpower" of bilingualism – cross-linguistic connections
        • Intro to The Bridge with Elissa Washburn: This professional development opportunity is a brief introduction to The Bridge (based on Teaching for Biliteracy: Strengthening Bridges Between Languages) for teachers of DLE learners. We will review three components of the Bridge: a level one translation "bridge", a level two "Bridge" with a metalinguistic focus, and a follow-up activity to the bridge lesson. We will analyze a sample "bridge" from the elementary level and discuss the purpose of each of the three components. Participants will dive deeply into the metalinguistic awareness opportunities provided by the level two bridge and practice planning a sample bridge together. 
        • The Bridge (Workshop Model) with Elissa WashburnThis professional development opportunity is for educators who have begun experimenting with the DLE strategy of The Bridge (based on Teaching for Biliteracy: Strengthening Bridges Between Languages) and would like to work collaboratively with colleagues to refine their practice. Please bring a unit or content area for which you would like to create a Bridge and we will consider the metalinguistic awareness opportunities that could be your area of focus and discuss potential follow-up activities. A basic understanding of the Bridge is required as this will be a coaching workshop where teachers will plan and refine a Bridge to be used in their classroom. Attending with your co-teachers in encouraged. This Summer Institute session can be partnered with "Intro to the Bridge." 
      • Collaboration and Co-Teaching in DLE Programs: Mindsets and Tools for Multilingual Equity with Joan Lachance:  The purpose of this collaborative three-day series is to outline and advocate for pathways leading to teacher collaboration for the sake of English Learners/Multilingual Learners (ELs/MLs) in DLE. Together we’ll use some interactive tools to explore a comprehensive framework for collaborative practices that support ELs/MLs across bilingual and dual language education program (BL/DL) models. We’ll make connections to participants’ contexts to include a range of additional programs such as integrated co-teaching, TBE, and ESL services. Finally, we’ll align our work to the Guiding Principles of Dual Language Education, state education agency guidance, and ways to shift mindsets via policy informed advocacy. Discount details for new book in event registration page.
      • DLE Coaching with Amy Finsmith:  Many DLE teachers begin their careers with great enthusiasm but are left wondering what makes DLE instruction different from "good instruction." Coaching teachers can help teachers deepen their understanding of DLE Pedagogy, feel more confident and successful in their classrooms, and more consistently incorporate specific best practices in their daily instruction. Participants will examine and discuss the possible impact different approaches to coaching and will get hands-on practice with a coaching model developed specifically for DLE programs.

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