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Although thoughtful program development is a necessary first step to choosing and designing a program model that will be implemented, program development also requires the constant care of and reflection on best practice, implementation, and continuous improvement. Our focused planning retreats help schools/districts understand that program sustainability is only realized when the ideals and commitments are owned by the entire school community. 

DLeNM Program Planning Retreats

DLeNM Staff and Board Leadership—Leading through our experience

More than 40% of DLeNM Board and Program Staff are certified educational administrators with valuable experience and best practice to share through planning leadership development. Each year DLeNM Staff and Board present their best-practice and leadership experience at over 30 regional educational conferences and institutes each year, including:  WIDA, ALAS, NCTE, CABE-CA, CABE-CO, ATDLE, BEEMS, NMABE, LLAME, MABE, and SAAABE. 

Guiding Principles of Dual Language Education


The Guiding Principles for Dual Language Education was developed as a tool to help dual language programs (two-way immersion, heritage language, foreign language immersion, or developmental bilingual programs) with planning and ongoing implementation. Grounded in evidence from research and best practices, the guiding principles address program issues in seven strands: Assessment and Accountability, Curriculum, Instruction, Staff Quality and Professional Development, Program Structure, Family and Community, and Support and Resources.

The guiding principles were based on the Framework of Best Practices for New Mexico Dual Language Programs developed by Dual Language Education of New Mexico and were adapted by a national panel of dual language experts and reviewers.

This publication is available for electronic download in cooperation with the Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL). You may purchase a print version of this publication at the CAL Store www.cal.org.