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introducing: the informed educator guide

When I began teaching in an early-total, one way Spanish immersion program in 2006, I already had a wide variety of experiences teaching in other contexts:

  • teaching core content in Spanish at a public school in Mexico
  • serving as an elementary world language teacher with 100% of my class periods in Spanish
  • ESL summer migrant programs

Those years were the greatest, most learning-filled times of my life. And each of those experiences informs my practice and helps me make a difference in the lives of children as part of my professional toolkit.

Yet, when I began teaching first grade Spanish immersion in an early-total, one way program…I still had questions. Lots of them.

threefold_goal_websiteI studied what research I could find, but it was next to impossible for me to become an expert overnight. After school was absorbed by the day-to-day demands of my role, and my focus had to be on my students in real-time.

My generous colleagues provided historical information about our program, and from them, I gathered new learning. I took advantage of as many learning opportunities as I could. Still, we all wanted to be 100% certain that our practice matched what the field said was best for facilitating students’ learning toward the three-fold goal of dual language immersion education.

ENTER: add.a.lingua informed educator guide

With dedicated, busy(!), and information hungry immersion teachers in mind, we’ve developed the FREE informed educator guide. Whether your school partners with add.a.lingua or not, we know all teachers have a desire to learn more, know more, and try out new things. The informed educator guide is designed to help you do just that.

The resources we’ve included (program design informed-educator-guideinformation, language proficiency demystified, the checklist, terminology, as well as multiple instructional tools) are ALL resources that I wish I would have had access to when I began my work in the immersion realm.

Everything we’ve included in the guide would be GREAT to use at a PLC meeting for processing and reflection, or at a staff meeting for calibration of practices, values, and beliefs. We hope you enjoy exploring them with your teacher teams!

If after you explore the informed educator guide, you’d like to go further and talk about additional resources or professional learning opportunities, we’re happy to start that conversation. Feel free to leave us a note using the form below and our team will be in touch with you shortly.

Filed under: educators, professional development, Research

About the Author

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Stephanie Irizarry holds undergraduate ​teacher certification in Spanish and Elementary Education, an M.Ed in Literacy Studies with emphasis in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL),​ and is near completion of an additional M.Ed. in Interdisciplinary Studies with Certification in Dual Language and Immersion Education. Her broad teaching experiences in dual language immersion programs and​ in​ English learner contexts provide her with deep insight into the needs of new and existing dual language immersion programs.​ Co-author of the publication Lending Student Voice to Latino ELL Migrant Children's Perspectives on Learning (2013), she knows that students increasingly take ownership of their education when their voices are honored and expectations are held high. Stephanie is the proud mom of two boys and is thrilled that they'll know the joy of learning in high quality dual language immersion environments as they grow. She enjoys spending time with her husband and children, travel, latin dancing, and reading in Spanish.

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