No educators should be asked to sit through professional learning simply to comply. It’s our role as instructional leaders to keep the big picture in mind, to wrestle with the goals for our students, and make the decisions about how we support our teachers in order to help our students reach and exceed those goals.
Although very complex, immersion-specific pd done right possesses the limitless capacity to make the end result oh-so-sweet when the following conditions are taken into account, how it’s planned, the way it’s purposefully mixed, and who’s in the kitchen.
Even at the earliest grades of immersion education, it is critical that students are pushed and supported to speak and write in the immersion language. When we talk about high-impact, easy-to-implement strategies that promote dual language development, turn-and-talk tops the list.
What does it mean when a teacher says that they’ve been trained by add.a.lingua?
In a teachers’ first three years in one of our partner schools, they experience roughly 20+ hours of add.a.lingua immersion specific professional learning. The crazy part? That’s not a total number. It’s literally 20+ hours per year!
We’re big fans of collaborative learning. In fact, we’ve designed our 5 year immersion teacher certification process around collaboration and reflective practice. This spring we took another step forward in professional learning by creating space for administrators from add.a.lingua’s partner immersion programs to gather and… Read More
In the past nine months, we’ve released over 150 LESSONS for our partner educators! Not only that, but we continue to build our learning library which includes supplemental content covering topics relevant to our immersion partners.
We’re offering our very first add.a.lingua un-conference on April 12–a time for collaboration and learning among immersion leaders of all experience levels.
We’re sometimes asked what a max (or minimum) number of students in an immersion classroom should be. Because smaller class sizes are universally touted as a selling point, parents in particular want to know how many students is right. It’s not hard to see the logic: If a smaller… Read More
We’re honored to serve 20 schools and districts in 2017-18. That’s nearly 3,000 immersion students and 200 educators. We’re singing the praises of each of these programs on the blog.
There are few things that we like better than hanging out with dual language immersion teachers and administrators and talking about the art of multilingual teaching. We have a steadfast belief in the capacity for growth in students and adults alike, and getting to know… Read More