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Although family and community involvement is important for all schools and educational programs, it is particularly important for dual language programs.

Since program and instructional decisions should always include the perspective of dual language families and the community, it is essential that proponents of Dual Language Education be well versed in what the aims and objectives of the program really are and what the basic components look like. DLeNM offers a variety of opportunities for families and community as part of its mission.

My Child is Bilingual

Principal Manuel Ornelas, along with dual language parents, students and teachers - East Central ISD San Antonio, Texas In this presentation from La Cosecha 2010, East Central ISD teachers, staff and students share observations and experiences of their dual language programs—from skepticism to advocacy. This video is presented in five segments with a total running time of about 66 minutes. (videos are found on Vimeo) Parent Perspectives Cristy Gaul, the mother of a recent dual language graduate shares the challenges and successes of her family’s dual language experience from early childhood to the first days of college. Una entrevista con Lilia Rivas Ruiz, madre de familia de alumnos del programa dual de la Escuela Internacional Cien Aguas

Resources for Parents and Community Members

Partnership for Community Action has worked to build strong, healthy communities in Albuquerque and across New Mexico since 1990. PCA focuses on critical community issues like education, economic sustainability, health, and immigrant right. Through raising awareness and advocacy opportunities, the organization helps people and families become strong leaders in their neighborhoods and in New Mexico. Contact them at http://forcommunityaction.org.

¡Colorín Colorado!

¡Colorín colorado! is a bilingual site for families and educators of English language learens, with extensive resources in both English and Spanish. 

Colorín Colorado is endorsed by the Albuquerque Federation of Teachers (AFT)

 www.colorincolorado.org

Boletín informative ¡Colorín colorado!

El boletín informativo ¡Colorín colorado! está diseñado especialmente para aquellos padres y familias que hablan español. Incluye información práctica sobre cómo ayudar a los niños a desarrollar destrezas de lectura. También ofrece información a los padres que les ayudará a participar activamente en la educación de sus hijos y al entender el sistema educativo de los EEUU—el cual varía bastante de los sistemas que hay en nuestros países hispano parlantes.

El Centro Español de Recursos

Diseñado para apoyar la enseñanza bilingüe y del español, el Centro es un lugar de encuentro para administradores, coordinadores, profesores bilingües y de español, estudiantes de todas las edades y personas interesadas en el conocimiento y la difusión del español y de las culturas hispánicas. Center for the Education and Study of Diverse Populations at New Mexico Highlands University

CESDP

Committed to helping school communities build a culture of positive school, family, and community partnerships where everyone works together to create better programs and opportunities for students. CESDP developed a resource that is based on 30 years of research in the field of parental involvement. Working Together: School, Family, and Community Partnerships - A Toolkit for New Mexico School Communities provides resources for building partnerships, improving student success, providing staff development, enhancing parent leadership, and connecting schools and communities. All resources for use with families are now available in English and Spanish.

www.cesdp.nmhu.edu/

Links to More Information

Padres de familia se arman con información y abogacía para aprovechar la mejor educación  para sus hijos. Soleado—Promising Practices from the Field, Fall, 2008. 

What Parents Have to Teach Us About Their Dual Language Children. Young Children. vol.70, no. 5. NAEYC

Gilberto Lobo, NM PBS American Graduate Day Champion
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TgScxOCvEtU

New Mexico in Focus featuring DLeNM's  Victoria Tafoya, Director of Operations, and Damian Vergara Wilson, Coordinator of the Sabine Ulibarri Spanish as a Heritage Language Program, UNM. What does bilingual education look like in different schools within our community.  How might proposed changes to bilingual education in our state impact students and communities.