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Massachusetts Association for Bilingual Education sponsors an annual Conference for Dual Language Programs in Southern New England!

Making Connections - Celebrating Dual Language Education

Massachusetts Association for Bilingual Education (MABE)

Saturday, March 9, 2013 from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM (EST)

Making Connections -  Celebrating Dual Language...

Registration Information

Registration Type Remaining Sales End Price Fee Quantity
INDIVIDUAL Registration
Individual registration includes MABE Membership for 2013-2014
125 Registrations Ended $70.00 $0.00
PRESENTERS Registration
Up to 2 presenters per workshop sessions receive complimentary breakfast and lunch as our THANK YOU
3 Registrations Ended $40.00 $0.00
Student Registration
Registration for students in public school or higher education interested in attending the conference. The registration includes MABE Membership for 2013-2014.
47 Registrations Ended $40.00 $0.00
PUBLISHERS Registration
This registration is ONLY FOR PUBLISHERS planning on displaying their educational resources and products at the conference. With this registration, one 6 ft. long table will be provided for your displays. The building will be open to set up on Friday, from 4 - 7:30 pm and on Saturday at 7:30 am.
21 Registrations Ended $250.00 $0.00
SCHOOL VISIT Registration
This registration is for those interested in the Pre-conference event to visit one of the Dual Language programs in the Boston Public Schools. Lunch is included.
100 Registrations Ended $20.00 $0.00

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Event Details


The Massachusetts Association for Bilingual Education

(MABE) sponsors the SECOND

Southern New England Region Conference for Dual Language Programs 

“Making Connections -  Celebrating Dual Language Education”

The MA Association for Bilingual Education, along with Dual Language Programs and affiliate organizations in Connecticut (CAPELL), and Rhode Island (RITELL), is delighted to host this second conference for teachers, school and district leaders, support staff, and all those interested in and dedicated to Dual Language Education.

Conference Keynote Speaker: 

Kathy Escamilla, Professor of Education
School of Education University of Colorado, Boulder


“the acquisition and learning of the decoding and encoding of and around print using two linguistic and cultural systems in order to convey messages in a variety of contexts.” 

Source: Perez, B. and Torres-Guaman, M. E.  (2002). Learning in two worlds: An integrated Spanish/English biliteracy approach. (3rd ed.) Boston, MA: Allyn and Bacon, p.60 

Kathy Escamilla is a professor of education in the division of social, bilingual and multicultural

foundations. Dr. Escamilla's research centers on educational issues related to Spanish speaking

language minority students in U.S. schools. She is specifically interested in issues related to the

development of bilingualism and biliteracy in early elementary grades for this Spanish speaking

population. Her recent research has also examined assessment practices and the impact of high

stakes testing on these children.


Thank you Caslon Publishing for sponsoring

Kathy Escamilla and Cheryl Urow!


Cheryl Urow, from the Illinois Resource Center adds to our understanding of biliteracy in her presentation Strenthening Bridges Between Languages when she presents a framework for developing biliteracy that bulids on the full linguistic repertoire of emerging bilinguals.

Conference Details 

The purpose of the conference is...

  1. Networking (breaking the isolation) of Dual Language Program Teachers
  2. Community Advocacy
  3. Professional Development for Teachers of Dual Language Programs
  4. Encouraging the Creation of NEW Dual Language Programs

Date: Saturday. March 9, 2013

Time: 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

Location: Dever School, 325 Mt. Vernon St., Dorchester MA 02125

Intended Audience: School and district leaders, classroom teachers and support staff (reading specialist, curriculum specialist, special educators, etc.) working in Dual Language programs

Registration Fee: $70.00  Payment accepted by check, purchase order or credit card.  Please read instructions under "News and Updates" on the right panel for payments by check or purchase order.

Onsite registration will not be accepted.  Please note that the registration for this event will close on March 7, 2013.

Tentative Format:  

8-8:45 am           Registration and Breakfast

8:45-9 am           Welcome and Oopening Presentation

9-10 am              Keynote Address: Dr. Kathy Escamilla

10:30-12 pm        Morning Sessions (two-45 minute breakout sessions)

12-1:15 pm          Networking Lunch - “Lunchtime Talk”

1:15-2:45 pm        Afternoon Sessions  (90 minute sessions)

2:55 - 4:00 pm      Awards Ceremony and Closing Keynote Address: Cheryl Urow

A list of Breakout Sessions NOW Available on www.massmabe.org

Registration begins at 8:00 am

Breakfast and Lunch will be served.

Certificates of Attendance will be provided (PDP's/CEU's).

Parking is available on Mt Vernon Street and in the school parking lot.

T-Stop nearby - JFK/UMass Station

Hotels in the area are listed below.

SNOW DATE: March 16, 2013


NEW! Launching Dual Language Leadership Network!

A special session for leaders of dual language programs will address one challenge identified at the November 3rd One Nation Indivisible Strategy Session Language Lessons for the 21st Century Building - Support for Two-Way Bilingual Education in Massachusets, hiring qualified teachers to work in dual language programs.

Liz Howard (UCONN), Patrick Proctor (Boston College), Ann Anderberg (Eastern CT State), and Amanda Sox (RIC) will join program leaders in a panel dialogue for how to reconcile the needs for hiring dual language teachers and higher education teacher prep requirements/constraints/concerns.  Additionally, MABE will share the advocacy work defining the competencies of a dual language educator license.

Continuing this theme, Julie Minikel-Lacocque and Silvia Romero-Johnson from La Cosecha 2012 will present one solution - A Principal and a Professor Team Up: Two-Way Professional Development.

NEW! We listened to your recommendations from last year's conference and added   “Lunchtime Talk” !

Bring your "box lunch" and attend one of several different small group networking sessions for an informal conversation facilitated by a MABE member.  Select a session with one of the following topics:

  • 50:50 or 90:10 – Considering different models
  • Cross-Cultural Competency – How to maintain cultural as a primary goal of the program
  • Raising and maintaining the status of the minority language
  • Dual Language programs within a secondary school - dilemmas of school organization and TWI mission 
  • Using the Guiding Principals for Dual Language Education
  • Biliteracy Development – Leadership and Instructional Support
  • Fostering district and community support for Dual Language Education
  • Using WIDA in a practical way in the classroom
  • Monitoring student growth in both languages
  • A Dual Language Educator license - how do the skills of a Dual Language teacher differ from those of an ESL, SEI or mainstream teachers


NEW! Pre-conference Event!

 Dual Language Program SCHOOL VISITS

      Friday, March 8, 2013

9:30 - 11:30 am

Visit one of the Two-Way Immersion programs in the Boston Public 

Schools: Hurley Elementary, Dever-McCormack K-8, Hernandez K-8, Sarah Greenwood Elementary or the new Margarita Muniz Academy (High School).  Descriptions of schools are below. 

Just added: Amigos School, Cambridge Public School

12:00 - 1:00 pm

Networking Lunch at the Margarita Muniz Academy

1:00 - 3:00 pm  

Presentation: Defining Two-Way Immersion Program followed by a Q&A on Implementing a TWI program

COST: $20.00 (covers lunch)


Questions?  Email massmabe@gmail.com








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When & Where

Dever-McCormack K-8 School
325 Mount Vernon Street
Dorchester, MA 02125

Saturday, March 9, 2013 from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM (EST)

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Bilingualism and multiculturalism are assets that provide cognitive, social, emotional, educational, and employment advantages for all students.



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