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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http://esl.ncwiseowl.org/resources/dual_language/
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.

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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.

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