This March, we are honoring a dual language program that continues to push the envelope and pave the way for dual language programs. The GLOBE Academy was designed from its inception as a Dual Language Immersion charter school. Their leadership developed a vision of a DLI-only program with 3 separate tracks in Spanish, French, and Mandarin. By using partner classrooms, their team developed a 50/50 AB DLI model.
Pictured: GLOBE Head of School, Christi-Elliott-Earby and Pro Patrick Wallace, Program Specialist for World Languages and Global Workforce Initiatives at the Georgia Department of Education at DLI in a Day.
The founding charter committee started with our mission to develop globally-minded citizens and looked at DLI models in other states to develop an outline of our program. We envisioned a progressive program for multinational and multicultural students, designed to promote and develop cultural competency. The strategic team developed the initial charter and set goals for the first 5 years.
The GLOBE Academy's mission, vision, and core values have been the cornerstones for their program development. Moving from planning to implementation always requires flexibility, but they used these values to ensure that they are always working towards their goals. As they renew their charter every five years, they are able to use that time to evaluate the program, make improvements where needed, and set future goals.
Their program started as a large school (K-3 with three language tracks) and grew very quickly. They were constantly hiring and growing, adding 3 immersion teams every year and starting a middle school in the 3rd year. This created a challenge and the right mix of planning and flexibility was key. For new DLI schools, they recommend they open one immersion class, one year at a time to ease in planning and effective execution of the program.
Each and every person - administrators, curriculum coordinators, teachers, parents and students - should be fully committed to a DLI program. Be clear on the program goals, assurances, and non-negotiables. Creating a successful dual language school is an investment and hard work, you must have support from all sides.
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