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….
Claudia is a Full Professor of Education and Chair of the Education Program at Lasell University. Claudia is a researcher, consultant, and teacher educator committed to addressing the needs of bilingual students who are learning English and have a disability.