It finally feels like we are making a dent in changing the perspectives of parents and educators. We are beginning to see what Europe has seen for decades- the benefits of being bilingual and even trilingual.
The following article in Scholastic administrators highlight the benefits of dual language instruction programs (learning in two languages) for both English dominant children and English language learners. It also highlights how the US is moving towards wide adoption of such school models showcasing a map that represents 27 states supporting over 300 schools programs. Visit the website http://www2.scholastic.com/browse/article.jsp?id=3752937&FullBreadCrumb=%3Ca+href%3D%22http%3A%2F%2Fwww2.scholastic.com%2Fbrowse%2Fsearch%2F%3FNtx%3Dmode%2Bmatchallpartial%26_N%3Dfff%26Ntk%3DSCHL30_SI%26query%3Ddual%2Blanguage%2Bprograms%26N%3D0%26Ntt%3Ddual%2Blanguage%2Bprograms%22+class%3D%22endecaAll%22%3EAll+Results%3C%2Fa%3E
Scholastic Administrator, Nov/Dec2009, Vol. 9 Issue 3, p10-10, 1/2p, 1 Color Photograph; Abstract: The article discusses the dual-language learning programs in elementary and middle schools in the US.
Professor Claudia Rinaldi is the Chair of the Education Program at Lasell University. Her areas of research are the implementation of the Multi-Tier System of Supports (MTSS) framework in urban settings with English learners, teacher education in bilingual special education, and diversifying the teacher pipeline. Claudia has authored peer-reviewed publications and a book for educators called Practical Ways to Engage All Struggling Readers. She lead and developed a graduate certificate program in Teaching Bilingual Students with Disabilities for general, ESL and special education teachers geared towards applying research-informed practices to the questions and processes of identifying whether it is a language difference or a learning disability. Claudia developed a college mentoring program called Pathways to Teacher Diversity for districts and teacher education programs to partner in identifying and supporting underrepresented high school students interested in teaching careers to successfully access and persist in college. She serves in various boards including the National Center for Learning Disabilities and serves as an expert for Understood.org and the National Center for Intensive Interventions.
Professor Claudia Rinaldi believes that it is critical to prepare teacher leaders who may serve as advocates and allies and who will respond to the belief that all students can learn and succeed beyond barriers like culture, language, disability poverty, and marginalization in our country and globally.