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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.
“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)
The Travel Abroad 2019 destination was Spain – Madrid, Sevilla, & Granada. It was an action-packed adventure which featured a variety of Spanish culture, language dialects, architecture, and tours. Some of the highlights included:
Tour of the Royal Palace in Madrid
Olive farm visit & olive oil tasting
Moorish Tea service & sweets
Visit to Alhambra Palace and GeneraLife Gardens
Bookstore tour in the Literary neighborhood of Madrid (a la Cervantes)
Flamenco performance and dance lesson
Vino & Tapas
Prado Art Museum
Dancing and Spanish guitars
This unforgettable travel abroad experience to Spain was filled with language, cultures, camaraderie and fun times. For more information and pictures follow us on Facebook – Dual Language Teacher Leadership.
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.