Indiana Dual Language

January 2020

Program of the Month: Clifty Creek Elementary of Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation

The highlighted program for January is Legado Spanish Immersion Academy at Clifty Creek Elementary, an 80/20, two-way dual language program that partners the Spanish language with English. Legado, legacy in Spanish, is creating a legacy of opportunities for students through the gift of a bilingual education. The program is in the midst of its second year of implementation serving students in pre-k, kindergarten, and first grade.


The mission at BCSC is “deeper learning is our individualized approach for preparing all learners to succeed in a competitive global economy and democratic society and to tackle the complex issues they will encounter.” The vision is “BCSC demonstrates a community commitment to deeper learning for one…and all.” BCSC believes in offering families options by providing different pathways for students to be successful. One thing that distinguishes Legado is their decision to implement the 80/20 model. Research has clearly indicated if the goal is for students to be biliterate and bilingual, then increased use of target language will provide the best route.


The increase in family and community support has been a welcome result of Legado. Several businesses and agencies have partnered with the program to support its implementation, to market the pathway, to provide donations for events, and to assist when international teachers first arrive to our community. Legado has worked diligently to increase family engagement. Family parent nights, summer events, and a holiday program have been added. A Spanish-speaking interpreter was hired just for Clifty Creek Elementary. By stationing her in the front office, there has been a substantial increase of Spanish-speaking families visiting the school and the classrooms. Legado can also boast almost one-hundred percent parent attendance in parent-teacher conferences by having conferences held in the parents’ native language.


As with all new programs, there have also been challenges. Developing the program from scratch has been a challenge. BCSC has also had to learn about the process for hiring international teachers, visas, and the necessary support needed to make sure international teachers feel welcome and are able to adjust to the community. A final challenge has been to locate bilingual substitutes.


To counter the challenges, Legado has experienced many successes. There has been full enrollment and low mobility within the program. The dual language teachers and assistants are exceptional and dedicated to the vision of the program. The support surrounding the program from administration, the school board, and the IDOE through the grant have been instrumental to its success. BCSC has been able to attend La Cosecha, the ATDLE conference, IDOE networking dates, and IU’s summer institutes. Continued professional development is imperative for successful programs, and Legado continues to learn and grow. Legado has a wonderful mural in its library that states "success is dependent on effort" in four languages. Legado proves this with the large amount of effort that has been put forth to make Legado truly successful.

BCSC Legado Program

Trish Morita-Mullaney Presents at EL Leadership

Indiana's EL leaders were lucky to have Trish Morita-Mullaney of Purdue speak about dual language and its role in providing equity for English learners. She dispelled some of the common myths about dual language. One of the biggest myths is more instruction in English leads to more academic achievement in English. She also presented some findings from her own longitudinal research on an Indiana dual language program. The slides from her presentation are below.
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Indiana Dual Language Grant Recipients

The IDOE is excited to further our support of the recipients of the Dual Language Immersion Pilot Program grant. Schools are using funds to support teachers, to purchase materials, and to plan curriculum. The most exciting news to come from this round of grants is that South Bend Community School Corporation is now in the process of planning for Indiana's first French DLI program. This round of grant was found in several local news outlets.

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Important Research for Principals in Dual Language

This article from David DeMatthews and Elena Izquierdo speaks to administrators role in creating dual language programs and leading for social justice. This article also defines the three types of social justice: distributive justice, cultural justice, and associational justice.

January Webinar for Interested LEAs

On January 16 at 4:00 PM EST, there will be a dual language informational webinar for interested LEAs. This webinar will provide background information on the basics of dual language, implementation resources, and guidance for the upcoming grant. There will also be an opportunity announced for administrators to take part in a deeper dive to identify needs for their own school in preparing for dual language. Connection instructions are found below.

Meeting number (access code): 731 094 798

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Dial 731094798@indiana.webex.com
You can also dial 173.243.2.68 and enter your meeting number.

The National Dual Language Education Teacher Preparation Standards

The National Dual Language Education Teacher Preparation standards have been "accepted with conditions". This is exciting news when considering the shortage of teachers and certification/ licensure programs for dual language. There are six standards.


  1. Bilingualism and Biliteracy
  2. Sociocultural Competence
  3. Dual Language Instructional Practices and Pedagogy
  4. Authentic Assessment in Dual Language
  5. Professionalism, Advocacy, and Agency
  6. Program Design and Curricular Leadership


Here is a link to the Dual Language Education of New Mexico's news page with a download of the standards offered.

Opportunity to Attend Free Teaching for Biliteracy Institute

The IDOE is bringing in Teaching for Biliteracy to Indianapolis in order to provide a free introduction to Indiana dual language educators. Each school district is able to send two participants. Please use this link to register for this opportunity.

Possible Use of Dual Language Funds

With the increasing number of dual language programs throughout Indiana, it is important to note that the Indiana Dual Language Pilot Program grant can be used for coursework for dual language educators as this is such a specialized role. Purdue University is offering a dual language bilingual education graduate certificate. Some program benefits are found below.


  • Fully online
  • 8-week intensive format
  • Related field experiences can be done in your classroom or school context
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