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Dual Language Learning: Spanish and English Literacy Connections

Wednesday, October 28, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm EDT

Dual Language Learning: Spanish and English Literacy Connections

Presented by Silvia Dorta-Duque de Reyes, Author and Biliteracy Consultant, Benchmark Education; and Shauna Williams, Literacy Consultant, Benchmark Education

Sponsored by Benchmark Education

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Discover innovative ways to help students develop foundational skills and vocabulary in the language they know, and then apply their knowledge to the new language they are learning. Cross-linguistic transfer expert Silvia Dorta-Duque de Reyes, working with literacy consultant Shauna Williams, demonstrate in English and Spanish how you can combine explicit instruction with engaging activities that build biliteracy and proficiency.

This research-based edWebinar will help you teach literacy and language skills efficiently, work effectively with diverse students, and provide meaningful practice, either online or in the classroom. You’ll learn how to:

  • Integrate instructional routines and strategies with dual language and bilingual models
  • Systematically teach each sound and its printed symbols in Spanish and English
  • Include metacognitive strategies that increase understanding of both languages
  • Lead enjoyable activities that support application and transfer of knowledge and skills

Practical techniques and tools for remote learning are featured in this recorded edWebinar, which will be of interest to dual language, bilingual, ESL/ELD, and literacy directors, specialists, and teachers, as well as preK-6 principals, instructional coaches, and other educators who work with Spanish-speaking students.


Silvia Reyes HeadshotAbout the Presenters

Silvia Dorta-Duque de Reyes served as an expert panel member for the development of the California ELD Standards and subsequently contributed as a Curriculum Framework and Evaluation Criteria Committee member for the California Department of Education. Her area of expertise is biliteracy with a focus on academic language, writing, and the organization of instruction for explicit teaching of Spanish-to-English cross-linguistic transfer. In collaboration with the California Department of Education, she coordinated the Spanish translation and linguistic augmentation of the Common Core State Standards for Language Arts and Mathematics. Currently a national biliteracy consultant and collaborating author for Benchmark Education, Silvia was honored with the National Association for Bilingual Education Leadership Award in 2018.


Shauna Williams

Shauna Williams began her career as a bilingual/ELL teacher in Houston and Fort Worth, Texas, teaching a variety of subjects in English and Spanish to early childhood students in a self-contained classroom. She has been a national literacy consultant for Benchmark Education since January of 2015, and now works with educators across the county on combining research-based instructional practices with online and print curricular resources. Shauna has done presentations on technology-related curriculum topics at the NABE conference and many other events across the country.


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Benchmark Education

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Wednesday, October 28, 2020
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm EDT
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