PRESS RELEASE - October 1, 2003
New Mexico Public Education Department
300 Don Gaspar
Santa Fe, NM 87501-2786

Ruth Williams
Public Outreach Director
(505) 476-0393

Dual Language Schools in New Mexico Video to Premiere On October 3 at Albuquerque High School

(Santa Fe, NM)--Dual Language Schools in New Mexico, a video presentation highlighting the Dual Language program at Dolores Gonzales Elementary in Albuquerque, will premiere at a special showing on Friday, October 3, at 7:00 p.m. at the Albuquerque High School Auditorium located at 800 Odelia Road NE in Albuquerque. The video is the result of three recent research studies conducted at pilot Dual Language Learning programs.

The research studies focus on Dual Language programs at Dolores Gonzales Elementary and Longfellow Elementary in Albuquerque, La Mesa Elementary and La Union Elementary in Gadsden and MacArthur Elementary in Las Cruces. Prior to the showing of the video, researchers representing the University of New Mexico, New Mexico State University and Eastern New Mexico University will present summary findings from the studies.

The event is co-sponsored by the New Mexico Association for Bilingual Education, Dual Language New Mexico Association and the Department of Language and Cultural Equity of the Albuquerque Public Schools. The studies and video were sponsored by the New Mexico State Department of Education’s (SDE) Bilingual Multicultural Education Unit through a grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

“Nationwide, the Dual Language Immersion model is the most effective approach for developing language and academic skills in two languages. Students who are learning in a quality Dual Language program surpass all other students’ performance, including those whose home language is English,” said Dr. Gladys Herrera-Gurulé, the SDE’s director of Bilingual Multicultural Education.

“We are very excited to present this program! We hope it will inspire other schools and communities to use these findings for developing or enriching effective and research-based Dual Language programs in the state,” she said.

Of New Mexico’s 89 public school districts, 17 are implementing Dual Language Immersion programs. Those districts are: Alamogordo, Albuquerque, Bernalillo, Bloomfield, Central, Clovis, Deming, Gadsden, Las Cruces, Las Vegas City, Los Lunas, Lovington, Moriarty, Pecos, Roswell, Santa Fe and West Las Vegas.