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The K-12 Dual Language Academy aims to support new and existing Dual Language programs by combining theory and practical information. The weeklong academy includes multiple expert presenters and time for deep discussions.
Topics will include:
• goals and outcomes of Dual Language programs
• materials and resources in the partner language
• eliciting student talking and writing
• maximizing the daily schedule
• bridging between languages
• working with parents
• and much more!
The Academy is ideal for Dual Language teachers, their partner English teachers, reading specialists, administrators, and support staff. Sessions will be conducted primarily in English although appropriate breakout sessions in other languages may be included.
The 2018 Content Teaching Academy sessions begin at 8:30 Monday, June 25 and conclude at noon on Friday, June 29. On Monday-Thursday, the daily schedule is set up much like a high school 4x4 block schedule, with two 1.5 hour sessions in the morning and two 1.5 hour sessions in the afternoon. Breaks with snacks and beverages are provided between sessions in both the mornings and afternoons. Participants who are enrolled in an Academy for graduate credit must attend two additional sessions scheduled from 6:30 to 8:00 pm on Monday and Wednesday evenings.
The primary check-in period is from 5 to 7 pm on Sunday, June 24. Late arrivals and commuters may check in early Monday morning between 7 and 8 a.m.
Jeremy Aldrich is the Director of Testing, CTE, and World Languages for Harrisonburg City Public Schools. Formerly an ESL and world language (French and Spanish) teacher, he now works to support the growing Dual Language programs in Harrisonburg which serve more than 800 students. He is also the President of the Virginia Dual Language Educators Network (VADLEN) and a doctoral student at George Mason University.
Hunter Rush is currently a part-time 7th grade Spanish U.S. History II teacher at Skyline Middle school and part-time dual language specialist for Harrisonburg City Public Schools. He has taught kindergarten, second and third grades as a dual language teacher and has also worked as a Spanish FLES and ESL teacher. Hunter is also an adjunct professor at James Madison University, Coordinator of On the Road Collaborative's Parent University, and secretary/treasurer of VADLEN.