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Dual Language Program Planning and Equity

Authors: Kathryn Lindholm-Leary, San Jose State University
Date Published: August 16, 2019

DLI programs are sometimes viewed as “magic,” with the assumption that any DLI program will result in the outcomes well documented in the literature. Yet, DLI programs require considerable planning in order to equitably meet the goals of all students in a DLI program.
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To best meet the needs of all students, there are a number of equity issues to consider as educators plan for DLI programs.  These issues can be classified into four major categories:  

1) administrative, 

2) programmatic, 

3) school characteristics, and 

4) students and families.  

While each of these categories will be considered, the first two will receive greater emphasis in this paper since other papers in this Forum will cover, to some extent, equity issues associated with school characteristics and students and families.


This paper is one of 5 commissioned for the Forum entitled, "Confronting the Equity Issues in Dual Language Immersion Programs," December 7-8, 2018 at UCLA. See the event page with the agenda and links to all papers.


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