A Word with the Abriendo Brecha Lead Editor
The dual language field has exceeded expectations for all the work it has accomplished up to this point in time. As dual language programs continue to expand and develop across the country it has become far more important to ensure that the programs are continuously improving upon the foundations they have already built.
Despite the numerous benefits that dual language, newcomer, and ELL programs have there is still a great deal of room for growth and improvement as the first wave of mass adoption of these programs subsides in favor of a second wave of expansion and development within the programs themselves. In the book, 'Abriendo Brecha', (edited by Michael Guerrero, Maria Consuelo Guerrero, Lucinda Soltero-Gonzalez, and Kathy Escamilla), the editors invited about twenty other writers to help explore and examine the key issues both promulgating the success of dual language programs and those restraints hindering their improvement that still need to be addressed if education offered to young American students is to reach its full potential.
The writers collectively resemble a motely crew of diverse backgrounds, perspective and opinions, allowing Dr. Guerrero to accomplish his goal of having every reasonable opinion heard and acknowledged. The writers individually were all carefully selected with the factors of expertise and insight considered.
Part of the mission behind the book was to celebrate the success of two-way and one-way dual immersion programs, specifically for the Latino community. There was additionally, however, the added desire to bring in a critical perspective. This critical perspective would allow them to analyze what has been accomplished up to this point, while accounting for the fact that their work and the work of the programs has yet to be completed. Another mission of the book was to help give some perspective, linguistic insight and direction that many dual language programs could stand to benefit from. The book is written in its entirety in Spanish, making it the first dual language book written originally in the language, as previously all other books of this kind had been written in other languages before being translated. The writers of the book wanted to inspire other authors and teams of authors to come together and write works originally in Spanish as a result of the often-unfulfilled need that lies there.
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