S2/E9: The Latest on Dual Language Programs with Conor Williams
What does the research show about how dual language programs are impacting social and academic gains for students - particularly English learners? How might we promote buy-in to these programs from those who may still be uncertain about them? What role does language learning play in ensuring educational equity and how can dual language programs help?
We discuss these topics and much more with Conor P. Williams. You may recognize the name as this is Conor’s second appearance on Highest Aspirations, and given his expertise and passion for this topic, we were happy to have him back. If you missed his previous episode, I encourage you to check it out - it is the first episode of Highest Aspirations. Conor is a fellow at The Century Foundation, where he writes about education, immigration, early education, school choice, and work-life balance challenges for American families. He is an expert on American educational inequity, English learner students, dual immersion programs, urban education reform, and the history of progressivism.
Williams was previously a senior researcher in New America’s Education Policy Program, a senior researcher in its Early Education Initiative, and the founding director of its Dual Language Learners National Work Group. He has taught postsecondary courses at Georgetown University, George Washington University, and American University. He is a member of the National Conference of State Legislatures’ State Policy and Research for Early Education (SPREE) Working Group.
Williams is a regular columnist at the 74 Million. His work has also been published by theNew York Times, Atlantic Monthly, Washington Post, The New Republic, Dissent, Commonwealth, The Daily Beast, Talking Points Memo, and elsewhere.
Check out the links below to get in touch with Conor and learn more about Dual Language programs.
- Email Conor with your ideas at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Follow Conor on Twitter
- Learn more about The Century Foundation.
- Dual Language Immersion Programs Raise Student Achievement in English, by Robert Slater, Jennifer Steele, et al.
- The writing and activism of Integrated Schools and Courtney Mykytyn. Check out the her profound conversation with Chris Stewart - "Interview with a Skeptic"
- Find Conor's work and other great content on The 74 Million
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