Dual Language SchoolsStrong Dual Language Education Program Leadership
Develop strong leadership for the dual language education program at the board, district, and site level to support its successful implementation to attain similar results as reported in the research.
A dual language education program requires strong leadership at many levels in the district and school site(s). The involvement of board members as well as district and site administrators in the planning and development of the program is critical in developing a depth of knowledge and understanding to provide strong leadership to support its implementation.
Develop Strong Program Leadership
- School Board
- School board members should be invited to participate in the effort to bring a dual language education program to the district from the onset. In addition to their role in guiding and governing the district, they are also critical links to the community.
- District Administration
- Administrators from various district departments should be involved in the effort to bring a dual language education program to the district from the onset. Typically, representatives include: business (finance), human resources, curriculum and instruction, and student services. Support from their departments is critical to the successful implementation of the program.
- Site Administration
- Site administrators should also be involved in the development of the dual language education program from the onset to allow them to gain the depth in knowledge and understanding to be able to lead the program on a daily basis at their site. They also serve as a link between the program, the community, and the teachers who teach in the program. Their leadership is absolutely critical to the successful implementation of the program.
- Teachers in the Program
- Teachers at the sites where the dual language education program will be implemented will also provide program leadership. One area that their leadership will be especially important is the selection or development of the curriculum in the target language. In addition, as the program grows each year to the next higher grade level, new teachers may be hired or assigned to the site, and the teachers currently in the program will be the ones leading and supporting the new teachers.
- Resource Personnel
- Resource personnel will provide leadership in assisting the district and site(s) in considering and meeting all the needs of students in the dual language education program. They, too, should be involved in the development of the program from the outset in order to gain the depth of knowledge and understanding of the program.