No Program Is an Island: Policy Contexts for Immersion Education

8:30 - 10:00am
Presented at: Immersion 2012

As educators work to establish or develop dual language programs, they must take into account local conditions, our current knowledge base, and a set of external policy contexts that expand or limit the possibilities for the programs. Because the programs are language-focused, they are subject to both education and language policies, at every level of government, from local to national. Further, the policies come in many forms – laws, regulations, budget appropriations, and judicial decisions, among others. This presentation will examine the interaction between various policy contexts and the implementation of dual language education and discuss implications for program planning and advocacy.