Fall PD 2022 dates and locations

We are already looking forward to the next opportunity to reconnect with you and share another opportunity to learn together. Please save the following dates to join us for the fall  DLI PD:

  • Grades K-1st: October 10
  • 2nd Grade: October 11
  • 3rd and 4th grade: October 17
  • 5th and 6th grade: October 18

    All of the PD sessions will take place at Boondocks Kaysville,  located at 525 Deseret Dr, Kaysville, UT 84037



The MIDAS course numbers and links  for this PD offering will be provided soon here. 

Best wishes for a safe and successful 2022 school year!

Benchmark Adelante Access Issues


Hello Teachers and Administrators,


As you know, we use the Benchmark Adelante curriculum for Spanish Language Arts.  The majority of our curriculum is digital only, which is accessed through their online portal Benchmark Universe.  Benchmark rolled out an update recently which has inadvertently affected our Utah Adelante portal.  Currently we are unable to use the filters to more easily navigate the grade levels that our teachers are looking for.  THE GOOD NEWS:  we can still access all of the materials we need/want while the problem is resolved. 




  • after logging in to Benchmark Universe, DO NOT click on any filters.  (if you click on a filter, it will show you a wagon with books being loaded – and nothing else.  The pages will not open).
  • You will see 3 kinder modules and 2 1st grade modules under the Teacher Resource System heading.  There are toggle arrows (look like a “v”) on the right side of the page – on the same line as the Teacher’s Resource System (33) header. 
  • Click on the arrow, which will expand all of the Teacher Resource Systems – so teachers can access any grade they need to.


  • After clicking on the arrow, the materials for all the grades are displayed

  • This same principal applies to each section – multimedia, My Reading and Writing; Texts for Close Reading; etc.  Teachers can expand the sections to access all of the materials they need. 

We are sorry for the inconvenience of not being able to currently use the filters.  Please know that the development team at Benchmark is frantically working on this and we hope to get it working soon. 


Please let us know if you have any questions.  The Benchmark representatives are also here to help.  They are Scott Tasker ( or 801-913-0973) and Abe Denzer ( or 801-573-4281). 



Fall PD 2022 and AUDII Materials

Dear elementary DLI teachers,


The presentations and materials shared during AUDII 2022 have been uploaded to the Professional Development section. Those files include PDF versions of the presentations, as well as additional files and other printable materials shared with the teachers during the conference.


Fall PD 2022


The dates and venues for the forthcoming fall PD will be available soon. Please visit the website regularly to stay up to date with the latest news and PD offerings.


We hope you have a great school year.


The Spanish DLI team



Rubén Núñez from Eisenhower Jr. High receives Granite Districts Excel Award

We would like to extend our congratulations to Rubén Núñez, Spanish DLI teacher at Eisenhower Jr. High (Granite School District) for being selected as the recipient of  Granite Education Foundation´s Excel Award 2022. This is the top honor for Granite SD educator, and highlight´s Rubén´s commitment to the DLI program, creating highly engaging and inclusive lessons for his students. 








Paradise Canyon Elementary recognized as School of the Year 2021 by the Spanish Ministry of Education

The Spanish Ministry of Education recognized Paradise Canyon Elementary (Saint George, Washington SD) as the 2021 International Spanish Academy of the year. The Ministry cited the school’s quality of Spanish immersion instruction and the services they make available to low-income families in the area.
Additional information: St. George News (May 4, 2021)


Teachers Irene Bernal and Elena Briz represented Paradise Canyon at the event held at the Embassy of Spain in Washington DC, where they received the award from the Spanish ambassador to the USA, Mr. Santiago Cabanas. 


A video of the award ceremony can be found here. 


Congratulations to the teachers and administrators of the school!



2021 DLI teachers of the year in Utah

We want to send our congratulations to the Utah Spanish DLI teachers that have been chosen as teachers of the year in their respective schools and districts. 

Edith Montalvo

T. O Smith Elementary 
Ogden SD Teacher of the Year 2021

 Albert Ferrarons
Westlake Stem Academy
Granite SD Teacher of the Year 2021

Maite Gallo

Silver Mesa Elementary
Canyons SD Elementary Teacher of the Year 2021

Leticia Tarín 
Midvale Elementary (Canyons SD) 

Inmaculada García
Discovery Elementary (Uintah SD)

Irene Bernal
Paradise Canyon Elementary (Washington SD)