The Impact of a Two-Way Spanish/English Program for all Children

I have been looking at the Brown University Alliance Toolkit for information on the effectiveness and impact of two-way programs. Two-way programs are programs where half of the children are dominant in English and the other half Spanish dominant (or whatever language focus– in Boston we have several Spanish, Cantonese, and Portuguese two-way programs) and instruction happens in both languages. If you are considering choosing a Two-Way bilingual program for your child you need to read this wonderful resource:

Here is their website description

“The Two-Way Immersion Toolkit, developed by the Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL) and The Education Alliance, is a resource for teachers, parents, and administrators involved with two-way immersion (TWI) programs, particularly those at the elementary school level.

The Toolkit is designed to meet the growing demand from teachers, administrators, and parents for guidance related to the effective implementation of TWI programs. It is composed of three segments that address program design and planning, classroom instruction, and parental involvement, respectively.”

Please pass this wonderful resource on….


Response to Intervention and Referrals in Urban Schools

As some of you may know, I have been implementing a RTI model in an urban setting for two years. In a recent analysis of data we were able to take a closer look at the referral rates on the year prior to RTI implementation and the last two years. The numbers are staggering dropping.

Pre-RTI year- 10% of the school population was referred as “Initial Referrals” to special education.
Year 1 RTI implementation- 5% of the school population represented “Initial Referrals” that year of the project.
Year 2 RTI implementation- 3% of the school population represented “Initial Referrals” that year of the project.

We are closing in on the end of the year benchmark assessment in oral reading fluency after year 2 implementation. Keep a close eye for updates soon.