The Guiding Principles for Dual Language Education were developed as a tool to help dual language programs (two-way immersion, heritage language, foreign language immersion, or developmental bilingual programs) with planning and ongoing implementation. The Guiding Principles were developed by a national panel of dual language researchers and practitioners and are grounded in evidence from research and best practices. Program issues are addressed in seven strands: Assessment and Accountability, Curriculum, Instruction, Staff Quality and Professional Development, Program Structure, Family and Community, and Support and Resources.
To make this publication useful for reflection and planning, each key point within the principles includes progress indicators - descriptions of four possible levels of alignment with that key point: minimal alignment, partial alignment, full alignment, and exemplary practice. Rating templates are included in the appendix for programs to identify strengths and areas of improvement in the implementation of dual language programs. 2007