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Dual Language / Two-Way Immersion Summit

  • 03/29/2011 4:17 PM
    Message # 557104

    If you are interested in attending this summit, please contact me, Dell Giles (, so that I can put you on the list of attendees.

    Dear Colleagues:

    This event is intended for teachers and administrators of Dual-Language/ Two-Way Immersion programs - or for anyone interested in learning more about these programs!

    Please mark your calendars for the following event:

    Georgia's First Annual Dual Language Summit
    Saturday, April 23, 2011
    8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
    Georgia State University

    This event will be hosted by Santillana, USA and is co-sponsored by Georgia State University and the Georgia Department of Education.  Event topics will include:
    - Assessment and curriculum
    - Staffing challenges and solutions
    - Standards-based practices
    - Program reports and highlights
    - Getting the word out
    - State and national trend reports
    - Discussion of available materials and a framework for sharing ideas
    - Breakout sessions to discuss strategy and share ideas

    Representatives from each of our two-way immersion programs will also facilitate discussions relating to these and other topics.

    Santillana, USA has generously offered to provide both breakfast and lunch for the event.  They will also host a nationally-recognized specialist in the field of Two Way Immersion/ Dual Language learning to offer a national perspective insight.

    With the opening of our third dual language school and the potential charter of a fourth for next year, now is truly the perfect time to bring together a community of dual language teachers and administrators to discuss best practices and share ideas.  If we honestly hope to meet the needs of our students in this expanding global workforce, it is absolutely vital that early language learning be a vital part of the strategy.  

    We would like to thank Dr. Pete Swanson of Georgia State University and Marcia Spielberger of Santillana, USA for recognizing the need for this summit, and for taking the considerable time to plan the many details needed to pull this together.  

    We hope that this Dual Language Summit will be the first of many more to come, and we are absolutely thrilled to have the opportunity to take part in such a worthwhile event.

    I hope to see everyone at Georgia State University at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 23.  Please RSVP your intentions to me, and feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.

    Directions to the Georgia State Building and Facility

    Building:  38 Peachtree Center Avenue
                   (General Classroom Building)
                   7th Floor
                   Atlanta, GA. 30303

    Since the event will be held on a Saturday, we will enter the building through the loading ramp on Peachtree Center Avenue (this is not as odd as it sounds!)  The loading ramp is about 50 yards from the corner of Peachtree Center Avenue and Decatur Street.

    If you choose to take MARTA, exit at Five Points Station and walk to the General Classroom Building.  Otherwise, there are reasonable public parking lots in the area (since it is Saturday, on-street parking might also be available).

    We would like to thank our sponsors for making this, our first ever Dual-Language/ Two-Way Immersion Conference, possible. 

    Georgia State University

    Santillana, USA

    Georgia Department of Education     

    Jon Valentine

    Jon Valentine
    Program Specialist:
    Languages and International Education
    Innovative Academic Programs Division
    Georgia Department of Education
    1770 Twin Towers East, 205 Jesse Hill Jr. Dr. SE.
    Atlanta, GA 30334
    404-463-0601 (office)
    404-651-8507 (fax)


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