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Leading Dual Language Programs for Student Success

August 6 - August 8

August 6–8, 2024, 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time, with a one-hour break each day

Learn how to enhance or develop your dual language program based on the seven research-based strands of effective dual language education in the Guiding Principles. Sign on with your leadership team and work collaboratively to make your dual language program the best it can be!

This 15-hour, synchronous online institute, guided by CAL’s decades of experience in connecting research to practice and the CAL publication, Guiding Principles for Dual Language Education, provides information and tools to help school leaders gain a solid understanding of the benefits of dual language education, explore how they can develop a program that promotes student success in two languages, and increase their impact as leaders.

This session is intended for district and school leaders—including principals, assistant principals, and teacher leaders—seeking to deepen their practical understanding of the “nuts and bolts” of effective dual language programming. Special emphasis is placed on strategies for ensuring language and cultural equity to create an environment where bilingualism, biliteracy, high academic achievement, and sociocultural competence thrive.

The institute will provide a venue for knowledge-building, planning, and networking with peers. In collaboration with colleagues, participants will be invited to actively reflect on their current policies and practices to determine the next steps for enhancing or building their programs.

Questions? Email CAL with any questions you may have about the institute.

Virtual Institute Design

  • Virtual, synchronous sessions take place over three days. The institute includes time for reflection and planning.
  • You will have the opportunity to plan with your team (if you come with a team) and interact with educators in other schools and districts.
  • You will be able to apply what you learned to your evolving program.

Curriculum Overview

This institute is designed to help educators develop or strengthen their dual language programs. Based on CAL’s highly acclaimed Guiding Principles for Dual Language Education 3rd Edition, the institute provides foundational information, cites the research, and provides the tools to help districts and schools support and develop the seven strands of successful DL program design and implementation:

  • Program Structure
  • Curriculum
  • Instruction
  • Assessment and Accountability
  • Staff Quality and Professional Development
  • Family and Community
  • Support and Resources

Participants will leave the institute with a wealth of considerations for long- and short-term planning.

Institute Schedule

Tuesday, August 6; Wednesday, August 7; and Thursday, August 8, 2024

11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time, with a one-hour break each day

Wednesday, August 6

8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. PT

9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. MT

10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. CT

11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. ET

Webinar I: The Context and Strand 1

– Research on the Benefits of Bilingualism

– Overview of Guiding Principles

– Program Structure Essentials

Thursday, August 7

8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. PT

9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. MT

10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. CT

11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. ET

Webinar II: Strands 2, 3, and 4

– Curriculum

– Instruction

– Assessment and Accountability

Friday, August 8

8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. PT

9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. MT

10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. CT

11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. ET

Webinar III: Strands 5, 6, and 7

– Staff Quality and Professional Development

– Family and Community

– Support and Resources

– Spotlight on Sociocultural Competence Resources


Take advantage of the early bird pricing at $695 per person through July 16, 2024.

The price for an individual is $745 per person after July 16, 2024.

Send two or more people and pay $695 each.

Please register early, as there is limited space available.


Participants will be mailed a hard copy of the book Guiding Principles for Dual Language Education 3rd Edition, provided we have your mailing address.


This institute will be held online.

Certificate of Completion

Participants will receive a CAL Certificate of Completion for 15 hours for attending all three days, which may be used for continuing education credit depending on the requirements of your state or district.



Please complete the online registration process to reserve your seat for this institute. Please be aware that your seat at the workshop will only be confirmed once payment is received. If you are registering multiple participants, please have the name, title, school, and email addresses available before you begin the registration process. We encourage you to register as soon as possible, as many workshops fill up quickly.


Before beginning the registration process, please determine your preferred payment method (credit card, check, or purchase order).

When paying by credit card using the online registration system, your seat will be immediately confirmed, and you will receive a confirmation email upon successful completion of the transaction. CAL accepts American Express, Discover, MasterCard, and VISA.

For registrations to be paid by purchase order or check, please note that your seat will be tentatively reserved until payment is received. Once the payment is received, you will receive a confirmation email. There will be a fee of $15.00 for each check returned as uncollectible. Purchase orders should be uploaded directly to the registration system or emailed to payables@cal.org. For payment by check or to pay for purchase orders, please make the check payable to the Center for Applied Linguistics and mail it to:

Accounts Receivable

Center for Applied Linguistics

4646 40th Street NW

Washington, DC 20016

Cancellation Policy

Registrants: We encourage participants to let CAL know as soon as possible if they do not plan to attend the session. Participants may cancel their registration and receive a full refund up to three (3) weeks before the institute’s start date by emailing solutions@cal.org. After that date, no refunds will be available. However, registrants may choose to receive the institute materials by mail, postpone their attendance to a future CAL institute, or transfer the registration to another individual up to three (3) days before the course start date. Contact us to discuss your options.

CAL: CAL reserves the right to cancel an event due to low enrollment or for reasons beyond our control. If we exercise this right, we will refund any registration fees you paid in advance. In some instances, registrants may have the option to transfer their registration to another event. CAL is not responsible for transportation or hotel costs incurred by registrants.

Fair Use of Materials

Individuals who have completed CAL trainings and workshops have permission from CAL to use materials while providing professional development to educators in their school or school districts. These materials cannot be used to deliver fee-based services. Email CAL if you have questions about the use of CAL materials.


Please direct questions to solutions@cal.org or call 202-362-0700, Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time.



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