The Policy and Practice of Dual Immersion: Planning for the Secondary Years

Saturday, May 14, 2016 - 8:30 am to 5:30 pm

The UCLA Confucius Institute and UCLA Graduate School of Education & Information Studies (GSEIS) present a conference on building and sustaining dual immersion language programs at middle, junior high, and high schools. This conference aims to provide an immediate plan of action for educators facing the challenges of implementing dual immersion programs for student populations aging into the secondary level. Through current research and advocacy for new or improved policy, conference participants can serve as catalysts for change in dual immersion education.

Conference topics will include:

  • Teacher preparation
  • Curriculum development
  • Professional development for teachers and administrators
  • Administrative infrastructure, credentialing, and program policy (state and district)

Amado Padilla, professor of Developmental and Psychological Sciences in Education at Stanford, will deliver the keynote presentation. Additional presentations will include an overview of the current state of bilingual education in California by UCLA Professor of Education and UCLA Civil Rights Project Co-Director Patricia Gándara. In addition, Ann Tollefson, national language consultant, Jennifer Li of the RAND Corporation, LAUSD immersion school principal, Susan Wang, and Steve Zimmer, Los Angeles Unified School District Board President, will discuss teacher recruitment and preparation. Gregg Roberts of the Utah State Office of Education, James Orihuela of Long Beach Unified School District, and Iman Hashem of the California World Language Project will discuss successful dual-immersion program models and existing resources. Jan Gustafson-Corea of the California Association of Bilingual Education, Natalie Tran, an associate professor at California State Fullerton's College of Education and director of the National Resource Center for Asian Languages, Elena Fajardo of the California Department of Education will round out the day with discussion of state and district policies and ramifications for new policy.

For more information, please visit the Main Conference Page or contact Professor Alison Bailey.

Presented in partnership with the California World Language Project and the California Association for Bilingual Education (CABE)