Creating an inclusive, linguistically, and culturally affirming dual language classroom community is a central priority for effectively serving English learners. The Elementary Dual Language Pedagogy Institute for Elementary Teachers is designed to develop the foundation and strategies that teachers need in order to implement effective, transformative, and sustainable dual language programs. Based on a new chapter written by Dr. Laurie Olsen from the recently released CDE book Improving Multilingual and English Learner Education: from Research to Practice, the four institute sessions will provide bilingual teachers with specific skills and strategies for:
●grounding their work in bilingual pedagogy,
● strategically coordinating authentic literacy instruction,
● facilitating learning that capitalizes on cross language connections and the power of the bilingual brain, and
● leveraging their students and families cultural and linguistic assets.