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Collaboration and Co-Teaching for Dual Language Learners

Collaboration and Co-Teaching for Dual Language Learners
Transforming Programs for Multilingualism and Equity

Including Illustrations by Claribel González, Foreword by Margo Gottlieb

February 2023 | 264 pages | Corwin

Teaching dual language learners? You’re not alone!

When implemented with commitment to collaboration, dual language programs work—and two teachers are better than one. Leveraging the power of teacher collaboration is the key to leading all your students to multilingual identity development and language, literacy, and academic success.

This practical book adapts a widely used, evidence-based collaboration and co-teaching framework specifically for educators in dual language contexts. Features include:

  • Special consideration to social justice and promoting critical consciousness
  • Viable options for schools, districts, and state education agencies to effectively support and expand dual language education
  • Seven proven co-teaching models, newly applied to elementary and secondary dual language environments
  • Templates and tools for collaborative curriculum alignment and implementation of dual language instruction
  • Authentic examples of success from collaborative dual language teams around the US and beyond

More and more schools are implementing dual language programs to serve multilingual learners. This first-of-its-kind innovative resource helps collaborating educators work together to design, deliver, and assess engaging instruction for multilingualism and multiliteracies.

Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Foundations of Dual Language Programs
Chapter 3: Collaborative Planning in Dual Language Programs
Chapter 4: Collaborative Teaching in Dual Language Programs
Chapter 5: Collaborative Assessment and Reflection in Dual Language Programs
Chapter 6: Leadership Support for Collaborative Practices in Dual Language Programs

In this volume, the authors offer a strong rationale and practical, research-informed guidance for teacher collaboration and co-teaching for the sake of dual language education and the support needed to effectively design, deliver, and assess engaging instruction in dual language programs. In this unique resource, you will explore the fundamentals for dual language education and how the collaborative instructional cycle—co-planning, co-teaching, co-assessment, and reflection—is an essential component of dual language programs. This one-of-a-kind book is a must read for anyone who teaches or administers a dual language program!

Maria G. Dove
Professor, School of Education and Human Services, Molloy University

This is an invaluable resource for guiding educators who co-teach and co-plan in dual language programs. It is not only based on theory and research but includes options to facilitate the process of getting started and making existing dual language programs more effective. This well-stated phrase “Dual language is for everyone in K-12 education” cannot be emphasized enough! Multilingualism promotes equity for all and should be the norm in all schools!

Mónica Lara
Senior Educational Consultant for Bilingualism & Biliteracy

A welcome addition to the professional literature on dual language program implementation!  Co-planning across instructional personnel and across languages, co-teaching, collaborative assessment and collaborative leadership are critical to the success of dual language programs and this volume delivers on all of those topics!  Packed with useful figures, charts and checklists and organized around catchy recurring icons that represent the overarching organizational structure for each chapter, this volume is extremely approachable, highly interactive, and well-grounded in the 4 pillars of effective dual language programs.”

Nancy Cloud
Professor Emerita, Feinstein School of Education and Human Development, Rhode Island College

Dr. Lachance and Dr. Honigsfeld harness their knowledge on collaborative practices to provide critical research-supported and classroom-approved recommendations for dual language educators that will maximize student growth towards bilingualism, biliteracy, and multiculturalism. This book will be a powerful and practical tool for educators to understand the how and why of collaborative practices in a dual language program.

Ryan Zak
Director of Linguistic Programs, Mundelein Elementary School District 75

This book provides a better understanding of how collaboration can move student learning, strategies for additive forms of multilingualism, as well as an invaluable historical perspective addressing the dangers of a deficit approach to language pedagogy. Examples and anecdotes show how dual language programs and collaborative teaching can change dynamics and better support student learning. Not only does this book provide tools and resources, it also provides writing and discussion prompts that allow readers to process and clarify their own perspectives as they react to the content. This book really hits the mark in helping shift mindsets about dual language education.

Lisa Auslander
Senior Project Direct and Principal Investigator Bridges to Academic Success, Center for Advanced Study in Education (CASE), Graduate Center, CUNY

Successful collaborations in education have transformative power for the educators engaged in it and, most importantly, for the students benefiting from it. Yet, collaboration requires specific resources for success- time, intention, knowledge, and skill. Collaboration and Co-Teaching in Dual Language is a key publication for acquiring the knowledge and skills to make collaboration successful in dual language classrooms. From a social justice perspective, it is a critical contribution to the field to bring about equity to the multilingual learners in dual language. Thank you for bringing this work to life and to our classrooms. ¡Adelante!

Mariana Castro
Deputy Director, Wisconsin Center for Education Research, University of Wisconsin, Madison

This practitioner-oriented book is a must-have for all educators -from paraprofessionals to classroom teachers to the school and district leaders - who support Dual Language Learners. It is perfectly timed for today's dual language educators who are advancing students toward multilingual language diversity society. In addition to the most recent foundational research on dual language instruction, the book provides a plethora of essential tools and resources, coupled with real-world scenarios, demonstrating the work necessary to implement effective dual language programs. Best practices are highlighted and showcased throughout the book through a robust array of authentic examples.”

Ron Woo
Executive Director, NYS Statewide Language RBERN (Regional Bilingual Education Resource Network)

Our students deserve coherent, language-rich, multilingual learning, yet it's often so hard when we lack a map to guide our work. Lachance and Honigsfeld remind us that our intentional planning and our collaborative conversations will ensure that our students simultaneously develop academic, linguistic, and cross-cultural skills. I'm delighted that Joan and Andrea have stepped into this unique space and I'm anxious to share their roadmap with my colleagues in Tigard-Tualatin schools.

Tim Blackburn
Title III Administrator, Tigard Tualatin School District

It is exciting to see an advance copy of this book. This book will be transformational for our practice as a group of dual language schools. The authors masterfully weave practice, practical application, pedagogy, and the multicultural multilingual voices of students and educators in schools throughout the globe. I am thrilled to have this resource for my dual language teams. It is packed with concrete examples of pedagogy manifested in the classroom, but also highlights that most important ingredient that must be baked into any dual language program -collaborative practice.

Stephanie Drynan
Dual Language Coordinator, Qatar Foundation Schools,

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