Sunday, March 2, 2014

National Association for Bilingual Education conference looks at SD Unified

The recent National Association for Bilingual Education conference in San Diego gave visitors from around the nation a look at the innovative programs in the San Diego Unified School District.
Supt. Marten and author Alma Flor Ada
With Supt. Cindy Marten as honorary chairperson, the conference matched more than 40 bilingual educators from around the nation with staff from the district's Office of Language Acquisition, parents from the District-level English Learner Advisory Committee (DELAC) and a special Parent Institute.

Convention attendees visited The Language Academy, San Diego Unified's K-8 Spanish and French Immersion magnet school. Keynote speaker was award-winning author Alma Flor Ada.

Superintendent Marten said San Diego Unified has a strong commitment to bilingual education and language learning opportunities for all students, as evidenced by expansion of dual language and developmental biliteracy programs for English learners, the Board of Education's District Language Learning Policy and the many graduates each year who receive the Seal of Biliteracy, an award granted to high school seniors which certifies academic proficiency in English and at least one other language.
See the NABE website for more information.