Two-Way Immersion Network for Catholic Schools (TWIN-CS)

The Two-Way Immersion Network for Catholic Schools (TWIN-CS) is unique in its approach to dual language instruction. Building upon the long-successful tradition of language instruction in Catholic schools, TWIN-CS (or ‘the Network’) is a national initiative to share research, ideas, techniques, and resources to enable some of the most socially and economically challenged students to become bilingual and biliterate. TWIN-CS began in January 2013 with a cohort of 12 schools across 11 states; 10 were building Spanish-English programs, one Mandarin-English, and one both Spanish-English and Mandarin-English. Today, membership has grown to 21 schools. 

Belonging to TWIN-CS is a unique opportunity that engages Member schools to participate in three essential partnerships:

Partnership with Boston College. This partnership provides continuous professional development, rigorous team training at an annual academy, national support from leadership coaches, and individualized consultation with the TWIN-CS design team faculty and staff at the Roche Center.

Learning partnership with other schools. TWIN-CS schools are encouraged to maintain learnings relationships with a leadership coach and other principals of TWIN-CS schools through professional learning communities. Each school is assigned a leadership coach and a PLC, which gather monthly to ask questions, seek advice, discuss research, explore enrollment expansion strategies, and provide support.

Leading partnership with other schools. This partnership honors the teaching that TWIN-CS teams facilitate with other Member schools. Examples include participating in regional collegial visits and webinar conversations, presenting at the annual TWIN-CS Academy, and sharing meaningful resources to support the work of dual language in Catholic schools.

While two-way immersion and dual language instruction has been utilized in a number of educational settings for many years, the Network provides an innovative manner of supporting teachers and schools to enhance student achievement. Participation in the Network requires a great deal of input from the schools, while providing extensive support from university researchers and TWIN experts. It is this creative structure of the Network that helps the schools achieve success.


 

 

History

TWIN-CS began in January 2013 with a cohort of 12 schools across 11 states; 10 were building Spanish-English programs, one Mandarin-English, and one both Spanish-English and Mandarin-English. Today, membership includes 21 member schools. 

 

Interested in becoming a TWIN-CS school? Contact Elena Sada, Ph.D., TWIN-CS Program Director, at sadae@bc.edu.