The following youtube video explains what is dual language education. The Colorin Colorado website, division or Reading Rockets, a national literacy organization just post it a short description of what is dual language. The speaker explains that there are a variety of dual language education programs and that all focus on developing bilingualism and biliteracy for students. This means the goal is to be fully bilingual and biliterate in two languages. Many of these programs exist across the U.S. with the majority of them teaching Spanish and English. The Center for Applied Linguistics keeps a good record of programs if you are interested. If you are interested in learning more here is the link to one school in the Boston, MA The Hurley K-8 School.
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.