DLTL Alum – Featured in Roosevelt Review

Jessica Fong, ’18 | Dual Language Leaders

DLTL 2018 Graduate, Jessica Fong is featured in the current issue of the Roosevelt Review.

In it, she talks about the need for dual language teachers and leaders to foster bilingualism in the next generation.   Jessica is a teacher, wife, mother, leader, and is currently pursuing her principal endorsement in the DLTL Principal Pathway – a unique program that offers DLTL graduates the opportunity to build on the DLTL teacher leader standards and qualify for the principal endorsement in only 3 semesters.

As an administrator, Jessica wants to speak her families’ language — not just Spanish, but their culture and their neighborhood. Now more than ever, childhood education needs both innovation and inclusion to meet diverse student needs.

Click here for information about the DLTL program or the DLTL Pathway to Principalship. For more information contact program director, Tammy Oberg De La Garza or program advisor, Alejandro Ramirez.

“I think the biggest piece was creating that dual language community among ourselves. At the end, we were like a family.”  —Jessica Fong (MA DLTL, ’18)

DLTL Student wins ISBE Award

Join us in Congratulating Heidi Nelson, one of our current DLTL students in the Schaumburg cohort!

Heidi was honored last weekend at the ISBE Those Who Excel Awards in Bloomington-Normal as one of six Awards of Excellence in the Outstanding Early Career Educator Category.

Heidi says “It was a great event full of amazing and inspiring educators, and she even thanked Dr. Ayala, IL Superintendent of Education in Spanish for all of her work for language learning students.”

Way to go Heidi!!

DLTL Graduate Advocates for Dual Language

Sagrario Wang Moreno, a 2019 DLTL graduate, recently published an article The Benefits of the Dual Language Education Model (Los beneficios del modelos de educación de lenguaje dual). The article advocates for dual language education; emphasizing improved cognitive abilities, better attendance, and higher test scores. Sagrario urges parents to discuss the benefits of dual language education with local school board members to strengthen their communities.

This article was published in the July 12, 2019 edition of Reflejos, la Voz Suburbana de los Hispanos, (voice of Suburban Hispanics). Click on the link to download the full article (page 7).