Dissertation - Public Access
Ed.D. Doctor of Education
To reduce the achievement gap and stem the increasing dropout rate of English Learners (ELs), a one-way dual language program, Academia Bilingue, was introduced at Sterling High School. ELs then and now account for approximately 20% of the students in the district. A significant academic achievement gap had existed between ELs and their English-proficient counterparts. An alarmingly disproportionate number of ELs were dropping out. The purpose and moral imperative of this policy advocacy document was to actualize the stated mission and vision of the district, that all students have an education which meets or exceeds accepted standards of learning, through challenging, engaging, and empowering them to be more self-aware, self-assured, and responsible members and citizens in multiple communities in which they live. An educational, economic, social, political, and moral/ethical needs analysis, timeline for implementation, and measures to assess the impact of the policy are included.
Grazzini, Anthony, "Advocating For One-Way Dual Language Programs In High School, Academia Bilingue" (2019). Dissertations. 399.