The sites below are a great starting point for parents researching the bilingual education path.
- Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL)–Dedicated to providing a comprehensive range of research-based information, tools, and resources related to language and culture.
- Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition–(CARLA) is one of the U.S. Department of Education’s Title VI National Language Resource Centers, whose role is to improve the nation’s capacity to teach and learn foreign languages effectively.
- National Association for Bilingual Education–(NABE) National professional organization devoted to representing Bilingual Learners and Bilingual Education professionals.
- National Clearinghouse for English Language Acquisition and Language Instruction Educational Programs–Collects, coordinates and conveys a broad range of research and resources in support of an inclusive approach to high quality education for English Language Learners (ELLs).
- National Coalition for Parent Involvement in Education–Building family-school partnerships that work.
- Directory of Two-Way Bilingual Immersion Programs in the U.S.–Maintained by the Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL). The directory was last updated December 3, 2010 and lists 384 programs in 28 states (plus D.C.)
- Directory of Foreign Language Immersion Programs in U.S. Schools –CAL’s searchable directory of language immersion programs. This directory includes elementary, middle, and high schools that teach all or part of their curriculum through a second language. Such programs are referred to as total or partial immersion programs. In general, the programs are designed for students whose native language is English.
- The National Network for Early Language Learning–an educational community providing leadership in support of successful early language learning and teaching.
- Ñandutí–comprehensive resource on foreign language teaching and learning in grades preK-8. Based on the premise that learning another language is beneficial and that students of all ages can learn a language
- Heritage Languages in America–The Alliance for the Advancement of Heritage Languages is committed to advancing language development for heritage language speakers in the United States as part of a larger effort to educate members of our society who can function professionally in English and in other languages.
- Center For Multilingual Multicultural Research–an organized research unit at the University of Southern California. Interests include: “language and literacy acquisition; bilingualism and biliteracy; language proficiency testing; integrating language and content instruction in the classroom…” and more. (Site provides a resource page.)
- Edutopia–Home to The George Lucas Educational Foundation, Edutopia’s mission is to “spread the word about ideal, interactive learning environments and enable others to adapt these successes locally.”
Please feel free to contact us if you have any additional links you think might help those of us wanting to get more information on this subject.