POETRY INSIDE OUT (PIO) is a film that follows several bilingual students and teachers over an academic year as the teachers use poetry to help improve language literacy. Students study the meaning of words in multiple languages to learn the deeper nuances of those words. The film shows how the teachers instruct the students and how to help inspire students to write their own original poetry. PIO is informative and fun for audiences. To see the entire video for free, visit the below link.
Alaska Dreams is the story of 12 Alaskan students and their teachers from deep in the Alaskan Bush, who leave their native homeland for the first time. The academic field trip to Southern California is an eye opening adventure, and a dream come true for the students, who worked for three years to raise the money needed to make the trip. This trailer was produced by Pacific Sun Productions, and directed by Michael Warner to help raise funds for the feature length documentary following this incredible journey.
Utah State Office of Education Utah's Dual Immersion program offers a rich bilingual experience for young learners when their minds are developmentally best able to acquire a second language. Instruction is divided between two high quality, creative classrooms: one English and one in the Second Language (Chinese, French, German, Portuguese or Spanish).
Indiana University School of Education (IUPUI). Funded by the National Professional Development Grant Program. In 2007, the U.S. Department of Education granted the IU School of Education at IUPUI $1.5 million dollars to form a partnership between the School of Education and the Indianapolis Public Schools, funding a project to better prepare new teachers, develop skills of current teachers, and revise college faculty teaching methods for teaching English language learners. Fifty-five elementary, middle, and secondary teachers from three schools took part in addition to the 29 faculty members in teacher education. The project directed by associate professor of language education Annela Teemant is beginning to report data, and the signs are encouraging. “It’s changing how they teach every child,” Teemant said. “These standards have been shown to be pivotally important for English language learners, but they work for all learners.”