STRAND WITHIN A SCHOOL
In the strand within a school program, a dedicated number of classrooms at each grade level are implementing the dual language immersion (DLI) program model based on the grade level being taught.
All the students in these classrooms are enrolled in the DLI program, and the teachers that teach in the target language have their state credential/authorization to teach in the target language.
- This model has fewer implications for policy, such as attendance area boundaries, as there is an English-only as well as a DLI program at the site.
- There are other implications with regard to a separate program operating within the school, which can lead to a sense of the DLI education program feeling disconnected from the school as a whole.
- Often, districts will develop other programs at the school, often as “academies,” so that all students in the school can experience a sense of belonging to one of the many programs at the site.
- A specific focus is then placed on making all students, regardless of the program they participate in, feel like they are all a part of the larger school family.