A Voice For All: Oregon's David Douglas School District Builds a Better PreK-3rd Grade System for Dual Language Learners

October 1, 2015


Conor P. Williams, Amaya Garcia

This case study examines the work that Portland, Oregon's David Douglas School District has undertaken to address the needs of its diverse dual language learners (DLLs). David Douglas leaders have swtiched from a pull-out English as a Second Language instructional model to a push-in English Language Development model, where the English language is explicitly taught to DLLs and non-DLLs alike in mainstream classrooms. In addition to this instructional shift, the district is also working to expand its PreK programs and is partnering with local non-profit organizatoins to provide services, programs, and resources that support family engagement in elementary schools. 

APA Citation: 

Williams, C.P. & Garcia, A. (2015). A voice for all: Oregon's David Douglas School District builds a better PreK-3rd grade system for dual language learners. Washington, D.C.: New America.


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