Family / Community Resources

Dual Language Education provides a multilingual/multicultural enrichment education for both native English and English learner
families and their children.

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.

DLI-Specific Rubrics for Teacher Assessment

This site contains detailed teacher assessment rubrics for preservice and inservice levels along with a self-assessment rubric. Many of you participated in a survey study some years ago that significantly informed the content of these rubrics. The rubrics are research-informed and were developed over 4 years, including piloting of the preservice rubric with the Univ of MN elementary licensure program in elementary ed with a focus on DLI. They are intended to be used with teachers in all types of DLI programs – one-way, two-way, indigenous, CLIL. Click here.

Dual Language and Immersion (DLI) Family Education – for K-5 and Gr. 6-12 parents/families

This site contains customizable materials to use for workshops with DLI parents/families. The materials were developed specifically for two-way immersion contexts, but can be modified for one-way and indigenous programs. Note that  indigenous immersion-specific materials for parents/families are currently under development (in partnership with Anchorage School District) and will later be added. The site also contains additional information for parents/families – K-5 materials are available in English, Spanish and Hmong and Gr. 6-12 materials are available in English and Spanish. Click here.

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

¡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).

Visit ¡Colorín Colorado!

Boletín informativo ¡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

Centro de Recursos de Albuquerque


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.

Visit the Center for the Education and Study of Diverse Populations

Best Colleges

An estimated 2 billion people speak English around the world. As a result, many native English speakers question the practicality of learning another language. Research shows that between 2013 and 2016, the number of students enrolled in foreign-language courses at U.S. colleges dropped by over 9%.

While it’s true that you could probably live your whole life without needing to utter a single word in another language — particularly if English is your native tongue — for those who choose to study a second, third, or even fourth language, their motivation extends far beyond just “getting by” in a different country.

One major advantage of knowing a foreign language is that it can lend a boost to your career. A 2017 report from New American Economy found that more employers are actively looking to hire bilingual individuals, especially those who speak Chinese, Spanish, and/or Arabic.

Links to More Information

Soleado – Promising Practices from the Field

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

Watch Video

New Mexico in Focus

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.

Education Desk – Bilingual Education