Target Audience: This workshop is designed exclusively for language program coordinators of ESL, world language, and dual language immersion programs in K-12 Minnesota schools. The workshop is not appropriate for coordinators from outside Minnesota or from postsecondary contexts.
In this workshop, Minnesota language program coordinators will learn the three “whys” and seven “hows” leaders need to know when they are administering English Language (EL), World Language (WL), or Dual Language Immersion (DLI) programs. These key principles will support language program coordinators in creating a comprehensive, student-centered language program that is research-based, rooted in best practice, engages families, and is focused on equity. Resources and learning activities will be differentiated for participants’ different roles and program models.
After this workshop, participants will be able to:
- describe key research, legislation, and advocacy goals related to their EL, WL, or DLI language program in Minnesota;
- implement and evaluate their program models and curriculum resources;
- attract, mentor, and coach teachers on instructional strategies and assessment practices for language acquisition; and
- identify the key principles in creating a comprehensive, student-centered language program that is research-based, rooted in best practice, engages families, and is focused on equity.
Ayumi Stockman is the World Languages Education Specialist at the Minnesota Department of Education. Prior to joining MDE in 2020, Ms. Stockman worked as an ESL and Japanese language teacher, a federal grant program coordinator for Arabic and Chinese programs, and as the world language education specialist in the Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) for nearly 20 years. While at MPS, she supported various language programs including heritage languages, American Indian languages, and ASL by leading curriculum development, professional development, and language program designing.
Amy Young is the EL Education Specialist for School Support at the Minnesota Department of Education. Dr. Young has worked with language leaders from all over the state on school improvement around multilingual learning. She also teaches workshops and courses at a number of top institutions including the University of Minnesota and New York University. Previously she has worked as a Minnesota building principal, Director of Teaching and Learning, District EL Coordinator, and ESL/Immersion/Spanish teacher.