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The Promise of PreK-3rd: Promoting Academic Excellence for Dual Language Learners in Red Bank Public Schools

January 2013

This brief presents a case study of how Red Bank Public Schools in New Jersey is providing a pre-kindergarten through third grade whole-child approach to educating young DLLs in their community.

Red Bank found that four key principles are critical to their success:

  1. Expanding opportunities to learn for young DLL children
  2. Integrating pre-kindergarten through third grade curricula and instruction practices that develop mastery and self-regulation
  3. Building intentional partnerships that support the goal of educating the whole child
  4. Implementing multiple-source assessments that drive the alignment of curricula, instruction and teacher quality