Dual Immersion Symposium
The WCOE is proud to present the annual DLI Symposium. This is the first event of its kind in our area. We aim to bring students and practitioners together to collaborate and learn about best practices for Dual Language Immersion Programs (DLI) or TWI. In collaboration with our Spanish Bilingual Authorization at CSUSB, it will focus on Spanish programs since they are the most common in the Inland Empire, but not restricted to this language, as other partner languages are also frequent in DLI. In the Symposium first edition, five workshops in English and Spanish were delivered from the perspective of teacher education faculty, administration, and classroom teachers. Our motto was "Equidad y Justicia" [Equity and Justice].
Strong partnerships need to be forged between schools, districts, and universities to support program's development and implementation in the Inland Empire. Symposium attendees are meant to encounter materials and resources, including specific language assets, instructional strategies, and learning tools. The Symposium serves as a platform for building connections and sharing ideas, creating a network of support for Dual Immersion Programs in the region. Ultimately, the symposium is bound to have a significant impact on the area, fostering the development of high-quality bilingual education programs that will prepare students for success in an increasingly globalized world. We are already preparing to celebrate the second edition of this event on March 8th and 9th, 2024. The second edition motto is "Equity in Translanguaging". Coherent with the Global California 2030 report, the California Department of Education (CDE) has a brochure on their stance on the Benefits of Multilingualism.