October 2015

A Voice For All: Oregon’s David Douglas School District Builds a Better PreK-3rd Grade System for Dual Language Learners

This case study examines the work that Portland, Oregon’s David Douglas School District has undertaken to address the needs of its diverse dual language learners (DLLs). David Douglas leaders have switched from a pull-out English as a Second Language instructional model to a push-in English Language Development model, where the English language is explicitly taught to DLLs and non-DLLs alike in mainstream classrooms. In addition to this instructional shift, the district is also working to expand its PreK programs and is partnering with local non-profit organizations to provide services, programs, and resources that support family engagement in elementary schools. 
Author(s): Conor P. Williams, Amaya Garcia Organization: New America
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