• PPS Dual Language Immersion (DLI) Expansion

  • The Dual Language Immersion Expansion Committee was convened in 2016 to advise the Department of Dual Language on when and where to expand immersion programs. The committee identified four recommendations, which have been approved by the board.

    Key Actions:

    • Implement Arabic DLI in SW Portland
      • August 2017 - received grant to support creation of Arabic immersion program in Fall 2018 
      • September 2017 - hired Arabic language teacher to prepare curriculum
      • November 2017 to June 2018 - community meetings of Arabic Collaborative Design Team
      • December 2017 to January 2018 - finalize Arabic immersion school site location
      • January 2018 to June 2018 - outreach and recruit students
      • Fall 2018 - open Kindergarten Arabic immersion classroom 

     

     

    • Provide key support for vertical and, if applicable, horizontal expansion of Vietnamese DLI and Chinese DLI at Harrison Park and Martin Luther King Jr.
      • Spring 2017 - community meetings and online survey to gauge interest of Harrison Park families in Chinese program
      • Fall 2017 - open Kindergarten and 1st grade Chinese classrooms at Harrison Park

     

    • Conduct review of Spanish speaking Emergent Bilingual data for SE and conduct feasibility study for adding additional strand to meet need, if identified