This book features case studies that address dual language bilingual education (DLBE) programs, which offer content instruction in two languages to help youth develop fluent bilingualism/biliteracy, high academic achievement, and sociocultural competence. While increasingly popular, the DLBE model is a framework that comes with unique hurdles and challenges.

Applying a pioneering critical consciousness approach, the volume provides readers with narratives, awareness, and tools to support culturally and linguistically diverse students and their families. Organized around four major areas—policy, leadership, family and community engagement, teaching and teacher learning—the volume’s case studies bring together stories from policymakers, educational leaders, family and community members, and teachers. The case studies spotlight examples in which power imbalances have been identified and shifted through critically conscious actions and offer insight into how to ensure all DLBE programs are nurturing, empowering, multilingual environments for all students, particularly racialized, immigrant, and transnational students. Accessible and varied, the case studies address important topics such as anti-Black racism, digital access, disability, school-district relations, working with undocumented families, and more. Each chapter includes a case narrative, teaching notes, discussion questions, and/or teaching activities to support stakeholders who wish to develop and enact equity in their DLBE policies, classrooms, and professional development.

A key resource for supporting student needs and transformative inquiry in the classroom, this book is ideal for graduate students, professors, leaders, educators, and other stakeholders in bilingual education and language education.

chapter |18 pages


Why This Book and Why Now

section Section I|56 pages

Policy and Critical Consciousness

chapter 2|9 pages

Revolisyon an ap Kontinye

Honoring Haitian Creole Through a Dual Language Program in Boston Public Schools

chapter 3|8 pages

“We Can Change the Academic Trajectory of Our Children in a Snap”

Developing a High-School Dual Language Program for Spanish-Speaking Students with No Feeder Program

chapter 4|8 pages

Centering Immigrant Voices and Experiences in a Dual Language Bilingual School

Teachers as Critical Pedagogues and Policymakers

chapter 5|12 pages

“Shifting Lenses Instead of Always Grinding Forward”

Using Ethnography to Challenge Raciolinguistic Ideologies in Dual Language Education

section Section II|54 pages

Leadership and Critical Consciousness

chapter 8|10 pages

The Power of Plática

Expanding Dual Language Bilingual Education at the District Level with a Bilingual Redesign Committee

chapter 9|9 pages

Dual Language, Dual Purposes

A Community in Conflict

chapter 10|8 pages

Black and Bilingual

Challenges in Decentering Whiteness in Dual Language Bilingual Education

chapter 11|9 pages

Vietnamese Dual Language Immersion

Commodifying an Uncommodified Language and Culture

chapter 12|8 pages

De La Lucha a La Victoria

The Journey to Save a Dual Language Bilingual Education Teacher Preparation Program

section Section III|47 pages

Families, Communities, and Critical Consciousness

chapter 13|8 pages

Fostering Critical Consciousness with Immigrant Families

The Story of a Chinese Immigrant Mother in a Mandarin-English Dual Language Program

chapter 15|9 pages

When Life Gives You Lemons

Critically Conscious Family Engagement in a Virtual Dual Language Kindergarten Class During a Pandemic

section Section IV|69 pages

Teaching, Teacher Learning, and Critical Consciousness

chapter 18|8 pages

Black Liberation in Bilingual Education

A Case for Black Freedom Dreaming

chapter 19|9 pages

Intentando Incluir a Todes

A First Grade Team's Gender-Inclusive Pedagogies

chapter 22|9 pages

Bridging Testimonio Pedagogy with Dual Language Bilingual Education in a K/1 Classroom

One Teacher's Journey to Critical Consciousness Through a Master's Course

chapter 23|8 pages

A Sense of Belonging

Biliteracy Instruction That Loves and Centers Latinx Emergent Bilingual Students and Their Families

chapter 24|8 pages

Growing Critical Bilingual Literacies

Counter-narratives and Social Justice in Bilingual Education

chapter 25|8 pages

Building on Emotion

Experiencing, Confronting, and Reflecting on Patterns of Language Use in a TWI DL Classroom