Implement 2nd Language Immersion Programs in All Dekalb Co. Elementary and Middle Schools

Implement 2nd Language Immersion Programs in All Dekalb Co. Elementary and Middle Schools

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Crystal Chaney started this petition to Dekalb county school board and

In Dekalb County, Elementary school students have consistently performed lower on test that  access their English and reading skills. Studies have shown that the benefits of learning a second language at an early age have a direct impact on a child’s academic achievement, as well as future endeavors. This is a proposal to implement second language courses in all elementary and middle schools in Dekalb county. 

Goals
1. Gain support in the implementation of second-language courses in all elementary and middle schools in Dekalb county


2. Increase test scores in English and Reading subjects


3. Increase students social and intellectual skills 


Why Is It Necessary?
https://www.leadwithlanguages.org/why-learn-languages/early-childhood-elementary/

Research Has Shown: 


Nicolay & Poncelet, 2013
Similar to early bilingualism acquired at home and in the community children learning a second-language through immersion education positively influences their cognitive development 

Umansky & Reardon, 2014
Students in bilingual programs achieved at grade-level literacy expectations and outperformed their monolingual English counterparts on English proficiency measures 

Resources
Nicolay, A., & Poncelet, M. (2013). Cognitive advantage in children enrolled in a second-language immersion elementary school program for three years. Bilingualism, 16(3), 597-607. doi:http://dx.doi.org.ezproxy.auctr.edu/10.1017/S1366728912000375

Umansky, I., & Reardon, S. (2014). Reclassification patterns among Latino English learner students in bilingual, dual immersion, and English immersion classrooms. American Educational Research Journal, 51(5), 879–912. doi:10.3102/0002831214545110.

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