Dual Language

Your Dual Language Team

Veronica Law, M.Ed.

Bilingual/World Languages Coordinator




Welcome to Northwest ISD! We are thrilled you are here and look forward to working with you this year!

Holly Garza, M.Ed.

Bilingual Instructional Coach

Summer Professional Development Opportunites 2019

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Dual Language Teacher Academy

June 5-7th

8:30-4:00 pm

Roanoke Elementary

Join us for three days of professional development entirely devoted to you, the bilingual teacher! Topics will include:

  • SLAR TEKS Deep Dive
  • Curriculum Update
  • ¡Arriba la Lectura! Training
  • “The Bridge” Training
  • Book Club Opportunity


Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol (SIOP®)

June 18-20th

8:30-4:00 om

Outdoor Learning Center

Learn how to plan and deliver high-quality instruction for all students, especially ELs, to increase student achievement and improve academic content and language skills using Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol, or SIOP®.

Enagage 2019

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Dual Language Valley Speech Materials Training

For Dual Language teachers. Teachers will receive training in the new phonics and grammar resources from Valley Speech. Presented by Dr. Elsa Cárdenas-Hagan, Ed.D., Bilingual Speech Language Pathologist and Certified Academic Language Therapist. She is the Director of Valley Speech Language and Learning Center in Brownsville, Texas.

Teaching for Biliteracy Book Club

Introducing the powerful idea of the bridge to biliteracy for dual language teachers, administrators and interventionists! The bridge is an instructional moment when teachers purposefully bring the two languages together, strategically guidnig bilingual learners to:

  • Transfer academic content they have learned in one language to the other
  • Engage in contrastive analysis of the two languages
  • Develop academic English and Spanish across content areas
  • Read and write grade-level texts across the curriculum
  • Develop metalinguistic awareness

Differentiation: Developing Responsive Classroom Instruction

Reaching all learners is key to student success. Learn about research based and effective planning strategies to maximize student engagement and learning. You will leave with tools for planning, lesson strategies, and a wealth of resources for differentiating almost any lesson through content, process, product, and learning environment!

Who are English Learners with Disabilities?

English learners with disabilities represent an increasingly larger segment of the K-12 student population in the U.S. Because of the interaction of their disability and second-language learning processes, these students may have unique learning needs that affect the way they learn. This training will explore what is known about the prevalence of disabilities among ELs, the characteristics of ELs with disabilities, and recommendations for serving these students.

Teaching Academic Vocabulary in Unforgettable Ways

Based on Robert Marzano’s 6 Steps to Building Academic Vocabulary, you will learn how to design and implement a systematic approach to teaching vocabulary. Ensuring students have a solid academic background will pave the way for academic success in ALL content areas!

English Learners Newcomer Toolkit

This training will help classroom teachers and others who work directly with immigrant students, including asylees and refugees, and their families. It is designed to help elementary and secondary teachers, principals, and other school staff expand and strengthen opportunities for cultural and linguistic integration and education, understand some basics about their legal obligations to newcomers, provide welcoming schools and classrooms for newcomers and their families, provide newcomers with the academic support to attain English language proficiency, meet college and career readiness standards, and support and develop newcomers’ social emotional skills.

SIOP Deep Dive

For previously trained SIOP teachers. This training provides a follow-up and deep dive into The Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol (SIOP) Model for English Learners. Teachers will engage in collaboration and lesson preparation for successful program implementation and fidelity for the 2019-2020 school year.