Written by Kara Lemma, Ph.D., the article discusses how the Dual Language Immersion (DLI) “approach to education is rooted in the belief that students need to develop skills so that they are bilingual, biliterate, bicultural,” which is further informed by “Catholic values [that help students become] better prepared as the next generation of global leaders.”
The article specifically references the call for DLI in Catholic schools in Los Angeles, and discusses how the Hilton Foundation and the Archdiocese of Los Angeles Department of Catholic Schools “forged a partnership in 2015 to support the development and implementation of the DLI approach to education.” With support, the Archdiocese plans to open several more DLI schools in the near-future.
Support for these DLI Catholic schools stems from two institutions: The Archdiocese and Boston College’s Two-Way Immersion for Catholic Schools (TWIN-CS) Network. As the article explains, networks like TWIN-CS “provide DLI implementation support for schools interested in transitioning from a traditional Catholic school mode of education to a DLI one,” as well as “coaching and support so that parents, teachers and school administrators can measure the impact of the educational model on student learning and offer implementation and assessment support to these schools.”
All Souls Catholic School, located in California, is a dual language school that is part of the nationwide TWIN-CS Network. All Souls fosters student knowledge through Mandarin-English or Spanish-English dual language immersion, from TK-8th grade, all while instilling Catholic values. TWIN-CS endeavors to support schools in the implementation and assessment of dual-language immersion models in Catholic school classrooms around the United States with our network of principals, teachers, field mentors, parents, board members, and other leaders from Catholic schools across the country.