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PERG Director Debra Richardson Smith has been appointed to Boston Public Schools’ Dual Language Advisory Committee by departing Superintendent Carol Johnson.
Coordinated by the BPS Office of English Language Learners (OELL), this group will help guide the district’s efforts to open at least three new K-5/K-8 programs over the next three years. This initiative grows out of research that shows that two-way bilingual programs are effective in closing the achievement gaps between native English speakers and ELLs, and is beneficial for academic performance and student engagement in grades 3-8, regardless of native language, race or income.
See the newly released research by the University of Massachusetts Boston Gaston Institute and the BPS Office of English Language Learners, Two-Way Bilingual Education in Boston Public Schools: Required Features, Guidelines and Recommendations, available at http://scholarworks.umb.edu/gaston_pubs/180/.