Southern Area International Languages Network

San Diego Imperial and Orange Counties

Sailn-Logo-croppedThe Southern Area International Languages Network (Region 9A/B) has served the world language teacher population of the San Diego County area since 1990. Currently SAILN is housed at San Diego State University and an interdisciplinary unit shared by the School of Education’s Policy Studies Department and the Language Acquisition Resource Center. The project has acquired and now serves the Imperial and Orange County areas. The project offers Regionally-Based Workshops and Institutes that are multi-tiered, high quality (Tier I-IV, Foundational to Leadership Workshops, ranging from 40-120 hours) professional development programs designed to enable world language teachers, grades 7-12 to further develop their instructional teaching competencies in the essentials of language learning which enable them to take on leadership roles in the classroom as well as at their school site and district level.

Upon completion of 120 hours of professional development in the SAILN Project Tiered Program teachers become CFLP Fellows, which empowers them to become SAILN Project Trainers, and future state level advocates. All SAILN’s programs are informed by recently published research results on foreign language learning that support the intensive communication experience and effective instructional practice, methodologies for teaching English Learners and students with low skills in reading and writing, practices to enhance the competence of beginning teachers, and effective professional development to build leadership within teachers. Additionally, the site provides upon request a customized 40-hour institute and technical assistance to “high priority” or “program improvement” schools and districts that are attempting to meet their annual goals as defined in the 2001 No Child Left Behind Act. Annually, English Learner Academic Literacy Development Institute is offered to assist partnership districts to meet their “adequate yearly progress” targets, their “annual measurable objectives,” and to ensure that teachers attain “highly qualified status.” Other subject-specific institutes include a 40-hour Heritage/Native Spanish Speaker Institute and a six-hour Annual CSMP ELD Institute offered since 1992.