Better Policies for Dual Language Learners: Bridging Research, Policy, Implementation, and Classroom Practice
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From the introduction: “On December 11, 2014, New America convened a group of leading experts on dual language learners (DLLs) to launch its new Dual Language Learners National Work Group. Attendees included educators, administrators, researchers, policymakers, advocates, and representatives from the philanthropy community. This brief offers both a summary of the Work Group’s founding event and a rough synthesis of the core messages from the day’s discussions.”
This resources clearly lays out significant priorities for DLLs today. It also identifies three primary tracks of needed work:
conducting case studies of districts implementing innovative policies for supporting DLLs;
convening meetings of leading DLL advocates, researchers, and policy thinkers; and
providing a steady stream of coverage around how education reforms affect language learners in pre- kindergarten through third grade.
The resource also provides examples of various state policies impacting DLLs.