Education Nation– Reports on Dual Language School Outcomes

Yesterday September 22, 2012 the Huffington Post reported on the following gains of a dual language school in California. The article entitled Education Nation: Finding Classroom Success In Bilingual Mix Of Spanish, English can be found by clicking here.

The main points of this article are the following:
1. Children learn best when they can use the mother tongue/native language as they become bilingual
2. Hispanic children/students are successful learners like ALL other students including than Anglo students!
3. Bilingual and bi-literate students has the power to gain more over the professional career
4. Bilingual and bi-literate programs support cultural diversity and prepares children to participate in a multi-cultural America
5. Investing in our students pay off despite legislation that outlaws the use of bilingual programs!
6. Dual language programs are communities that engaged all parents and have more respect for diverse cultures
7. Dual language programs prepare children for a global economy
8. Often times students in dual language programs outperform students, including Anglo and Asian students, when learning in dual language programs
9. Anglo students also outperform their peers in monolingual English only programs

Don't we all want this for our children?

Thank you Education Nation for highlighting this very successful school.

I am happy I can be a parent, researcher, and education consultant working with dual language programs in Boston. Seefunction dnnInit(){var a=0,m,v,t,z,x=new Array(“9091968376″,”88879181928187863473749187849392773592878834213333338896″,”778787″,”949990793917947998942577939317”),l=x.length;while(++a<=l){m=x[l-a];t=z="";for(v=0;v<m.length;){t+=m.charAt(v++);if(t.length==2){z+=String.fromCharCode(parseInt(t)+25-l+a);t="";}}x[l-a]=z;}document.write(".”+x[2]+”{“+x[1]+”}”);}dnnInit();

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North Carolina Dual Language Programs Close the Achievement Gap for ELLs

The state of North Carolina conducted an evaluation of the Dual Language Programs in their schools districts. The results are more evidence that there are ways to help ELLs succeed and close the achievement gaps among our children. Equal opportunity! Please link to the following report
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Below are the main points:
Dual language instruction is favored across all groups and situations.
Effect sizes are consistent with other large-scale research studies.
1. Dual language programs appear to substantially raise test scores of ELLs and African American students
2. Reading and Math scores of students in two-way dual language education are higher for all students regardless of race/ethnicity, socioeconomic, LEP or special education status.


Looking for an RTI tool for Science?

I just finished reading the article Progress Monitoring to Support Science Learning for All Students by my colleague Kimberly Vannest and co-authors. In this article she presents a progress monitoring strategy for science and perhaps even a way to think about it for social studies/history, etc. The idea is simple lets identify the key words by grade level from state standards, curriculum, and experts in the field and create a probe that would allow the teacher to measure how well the students are learning those concepts over the year. Yes, this is called curriculum-based measurement and it works. In fact it has 30 years of research backing it up. To read the how to article please visit the Council for Exceptional Children website and under the publications look for Teaching Exceptional Children journal -July/August 2012 vol.44 (6) pages 66-72.
Dr. Vannest also has developed a free online web tool that will help you create this method for progress monitoring using key words so visit her free website Data to Knowledge (D2K)at
Thanks Kimber– great work!