Multistate Association for Bilingual Education, Northeast
A nonprofit organization for educators, families, and policy makers
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The purpose of Growing and Expanding Dual Language Education (DLE) is to engage district and school leadership teams with support in the early stages of DLE Program planning and implementation at the elementary level and/or in expanding the DLE program into the secondary level, including implementation of the Seal of Biliteracy Award. Technical assistance is provided over an extended period of time through conference calls, emails and face-to-face meetings with identified district and school leaders or planning team members.
Growing and Expanding Dual Language Education is based on the research-based Guiding Principles for Dual Language Education (2018) and the Dual Language Program Planner, A Guide for Designing and Implementing Dual Language Programs.
Program Exploration provides contemplating districts and schools with extended support and time to engage varied stakeholders with exploring their motivation and readiness to implement or expand a DLE program.
District Leadership: A district-level commitment to supporting dual language education is essential. This commitment is demonstrated by establishing policies that are inclusive of the goals and essential elements of the program. Personalized technical assistance is provided to district leaders as they work on changes to policy and practice identified in the Sembrando Raíces Action Plan.
School Leadership: It is important to have a culturally and linguistically knowledgeable school leader (e.g., principal, assistant principal, instructional coach) who is responsible for the day-to-day decision making and operation of the DLE program. The school leaders should possess the commitment and confidence to ensure the success of the selected program model. Personalized technical assistance is provided to the school leadership team as they work on planning for implementation of their new Dual Language Education program identified in the La Siembra Action Plan.
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