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Researchers Analyze Dual Language Instruction to Improve Latino Educational Outcomes

Posted on August 26, 2016 // KIPP Esperanza, KIPP Un Mundo,

by Camille Garcia | The Rivard Report | August 26, 2016

A team of six national researchers is analyzing teaching methods in several dual language schools across the United States, Texas, and San Antonio in hopes of improving the educational landscape for Latino students. Studies show that educational outcomes for Latino students in the U.S. are generally worse than their Anglo counterparts’, and it’s been this way throughout history.

Lower achievement in Latino communities can be attributed to a number of variables, but Roberto Gutierrez, founder and president of Latino Educational Equity Partnerships (LEEP), a San Antonio-based nonprofit that works to advance the educational outcomes for underserved communities, believes that longer, more intensive dual language instruction – in this case Spanish/English – coupled with curriculum tailored toward Latino communities will allow those students to excel academically and maintain a sense of pride in and familiarity with their Latino culture.

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