PROGRAM AND IMPLEMENTATION MODELS
One of the decisions that will have to be made is which type of dual language immersion (DLI) program the district will implement. When deciding on the program and implementation model to use for a DLI program, it is important to consider the desired outcomes that have been identified by the DLI Leadership Team and which program and implementation model would best support those outcomes based on the research.
The DLI Leadership Team should become knowledgeable with regard to the types of research-based dual language programs, program models, and implementation models. Often, districts will reach out to a consultant who specializes in the area of dual language education to provide professional development for the DLI Leadership Team on the research-based dual language education program models prior to making a decision on which to select for implementation.
Knowledge consultants can be found through:
- Local county office of education or regional center
- California Association for Bilingual Education (CABE) Professional Development Services: www.gocabe.org
- Dual Language Education New Mexico (DLeNM): www.dlenm.org
Visiting exemplary DLI programs will also be a critical aspect of preparing the DLI Leadership Team to make the many important pedagogical decisions to establish the DLI program.
Guiding Principles for Dual Language Education: Strand 1, Program Structure, Principles 3; Strand 3, Instruction, Principle 1; Strand 6, Family and Community, Principle 3; Strand 7, Support and Resources, Principles 1