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Presenter: Michael Bacon
Date: Saturday, March 25, 2017
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon
Location: University International Center, Room 101
331-17th Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414
About the Presenter: Michael Bacon works as the Portland Public Schools (PPS) Assistant Director for Dual Language Immersion, which provides program, professional, and curriculum development for 15 immersion programs in Spanish, Japanese, Mandarin, Russian, and Vietnamese in 24 K–12 schools. Bacon also directs the K–12 portion of the NSEP-funded K–16 Oregon Chinese Flagship grant in collaboration with the University of Oregon along with 12 Confucius Classrooms in PPS. In collaboration with the Rand Corporation and American Councils, he is involved in three studies on the Effectiveness of Dual Language Immersion on Student Achievement in PPS, funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences. Bacon currently serves as President of the Dual Language Immersion Special Interest Group of ACTFL.
Workshop Description: Immersion educators have an ethical and moral obligation to raise students' target language proficiency to a high level to ensure students access to the necessary rigor of content instruction and curriculum. This workshop, appropriate for immersion and second language educators, will focus on three critical steps to building high level target language proficiency in the language classroom: 1) establishing high expectations, 2) setting clear targets, and 3) planning and implementing instructional strategies that improve proficiency. Participants will focus on top teacher behaviors that improve proficiency selecting and planning for specific ways to immediately improve proficiency in their classroom.