[lg policy] Dual language programs

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at gmail.com
Sat Feb 7 16:43:48 UTC 2015

New Brief: Key Policy Priorities for Supporting Dual Language Learners
February 6, 2015

While New America’s Dual Language Learners National Work Group launched
publicly <http://www.edcentral.org/dllworkgrouplaunch/> earlier this month,
we actually began our work some weeks earlier at a small convening at our
offices here in Washington, D.C. The Work Group brought together a variety
of dual language learner (DLL) stakeholders—educators, administrators,
parents, researchers, policymakers, advocates, and representatives of the
philanthropic community—to discuss key challenges for improving how
American schools serve these students.

The convening, Better Policies for Dual Language Learners, provided the
Work Group with a day full of lively discussions between DLL experts from a
variety of fields. In order to build on these conversations and share them
with the broader education policy community, the Work Group published a
short brief today synthesizing key takeaways from the event.

The brief, *Better Policies for Dual Language Learners: Bridging Research,
Policy, Implementation, and Classroom Practice*
summarizes presentations from the convening. State policymakers and
advocates from Minnesota, California, and New York joined district
administrators and researchers from these and other states to provide
convening participants with updates from the cutting edge of DLL reforms.

The brief also captures points of consensus and disagreement from the day’s
discussions. For instance, while essentially all participants raised
concerns regarding inadequate funding for supporting DLLs’ linguistic and
academic growth, there was less unanimity about appropriate ways to hold
schools and districts accountable for serving DLLs well.

To download a free copy of the brief (PDF), click here.

One note: This is the first of the Work Group’s convenings this year. But
we are already planning several other 2015 meetings to share our work and
collect more wisdom from the broader community of DLL stakeholders. Stay

*Note: This post is part of New America’s Dual Language Learner National
Work Group. **Click here for more information on this team’s work.
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Conor Williams <http://www.edcentral.org/author/conorwilliams/>
Conor P. Williams is a Senior Researcher in the Early Education Initiative
at the New America Foundation. Before joining New America, he taught first
grade in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. Dr. Williams holds a PhD in government
from Georgetown University, a M.S. in teaching from Pace University, and a
B.A. from Bowdoin College.
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