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What encourages and concerns Tara Fortune about the growth of immersion education

The growth of immersion programs is good news for U.S. students. However, as a new audit of the immersion program at Tucson Unified School District makes clear, there are significant challenges to realizing the threefold goal of quality dual language immersion education. Tara Fortune shares what encourages and concerns her about immersion program growth.

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dual language immersion education: a potential game changer for ELL students

“With dual-language immersion, you have the potential here to dramatically address the issue of equity in access to quality education, particularly in elementary education…Dual-language immersion has an enormous potential to change outcomes, particularly for students whose native language is not English.” – Dr. Robert Slater

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introducing Cory Mathieu, our summer research partner

I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with the aalpa assessment products that students from grades K-8 produce. I’m looking forward to examining how students’ language progresses year by year in the immersion programs that incorporate the add.a.lingua framework. This is a unique opportunity since most educators only get to interact with students from a few grades at a time.

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it’s time to rethink our approach to literacy in Spanish

The importance of a language specific approach to literacy has just been underscored by a new study from Claude Goldenberg of the Stanford Graduate School of Education. The study finds that awareness of individual letter sounds, which is the foundational skill for early literacy instruction in English, isn’t as important when teaching beginning readers in Spanish.