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 Dual Language Immersion Programs in Georgia

Call to Action!

​​The Need:

The growth of Dual Language Immersion Programs in Georgia and the introduction of Georgia’s new Seal of Biliteracy and the subsequent need to focus on building proficiencies has led to a desperate need to both better understand the effectiveness and results of the DLI model and to support increased quality professional development opportunities for world language teachers across Georgia.

The Response:  

To meet the need, we are raising funds to provide much needed support for dual language immersion programs as well as critical quality professional development opportunities for world language educators statewide!  We are excited to partner with the Georgia Foundation for Public Education in this important work!

How do I donate?  

Please navigate to the website for the Georgia Foundation for Public Education –  Click the Donate button in the top right and donate!  We thank you in advance for your support!  All Donations are tax deductible!​

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We invite you to attend Ga's 5th annual Dual Language Immersion Institute which will be held at Douglas County HS on July 17th & 18th, 2018! You can register for the event here. We also invite Presenters to submit a proposal for this year's GADII! You can do so via this link​
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The next Dual Language Immersion in a Day workshop will be held at Kelly Mill Elementary School in Forsyth county on September 15th, 2018.  You can register to attend the event here​.

GaDOE Dual Language Immersion Competitive Grant

The Georgia Department of Education World Languages and Global Workforce Initiatives is proud to announce a competitive grant application for all current public school Pk-8 Dual Language Immersion Programs in Georgia!  The Grants, which are made possible through funds collected in partnership with the Georgia Foundation of Public Education, seek to identify current statewide best practices, identify areas of common challenge and provide financial support toward grant proposals that strive toward excellence. 

2018 DLI GaDOE  Competitive Grant Application.pdf2018 DLI GaDOE Competitive Grant Application.pdf 

2018 DLI GaDOE Competitive Grant Application Rubric.pdf2018 DLI GaDOE Competitive Grant Application Rubric.pdf

Grant Proposal Timeline:

  • Monday, Jan 29th – Grant Proposal Application & Rubric is distributed to current DLI programs in Georgia.
  • Friday, March 2nd – Deadline for Submissions for DLI Grant due to GaDOE
  • Thursday, March 8th – Proposals will undergo a blind evaluation at Georgia’s World Language Leadership Institute
  • Monday, March 12th – Applicants notified of Grant status.  (Email notification of award)
  • TBA – Official Awarding of Grants to Schools – Schools receive funds.
  • TBAFollow up Report - 6 months from receipt of funds – awarded schools report back to GaDOE.​ 

To help raise awareness about the Dual Language Immersion Model and to educate stakeholders on the important aspects and benefits of these programs, we have launched an effort called Georgia’s Video DLI Diary.  The purpose is to take the viewer inside some of Georgia’s DLI programs around the state and share impressions and interviews with students, teachers, parents, administrators and others to learn firsthand about the model and its benefits!  You can see some of the videos from the first of our school visits by following the links below! 

Video Links from the GLOBE Academy: 

​Georgia’s Dual Language Immersion (DLI) Program Initiative

In Georgia dual language programs, the students spend at least half of their school day in the target language and the other half-day in English. Some programs may choose to increase the percentage of the day spent in the target language in the early years. Immersion students are taught Math, Science, Literacy and sometimes Social Studies in the target language. They are taught English Language Arts, Reading, and usually Specials in English.

The Benefits of DLI

  • Second Language Skills: DLI students achieve higher proficiency in the second language than with traditional Foreign Language instruction.

  • Cognitive Skills: DLI students typically develop greater cognitive flexibility, demonstrating increased attention and memory, superior problem-solving skills as well as an enhanced understanding of their primary language. 
  • Performance on Standardized Tests: DLI students perform as well as or better than English-only students on standardized tests in English, including students from a range of socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds, as well as with diverse cognitive and linguistic abilities.
  • Intercultural Competency: DLI students are more aware of and generally show more positive attitudes towards other cultures and an appreciation of other people.
  • Long-Term Benefits: DLI students are better prepared for the global community and job markets in the 21st century.
  • Higher Attendance-Rates and Fewer Drop-Outs: Students from DLI programs have higher attendance rates and lower drop-out rates compared to regular programs.

Public DLI Schools in Georgia ( 2017-2018)

State Charter Schools

  • International Charter School of Atlanta-Chinese, French, German, Spanish (K-7)​

Atlanta Public Schools

  • Bolton Academy ES-Spanish (K-1)
  • E Rivers ES-Spanish (K-2)
  • Garden Hills ES-Spanish (K-2)
  • Morris Brandon ES-Spanish (K-1)
  •  Perkerson ES-Spanish (K-4)
  • Sarah Smith ES - Spanish (K-1)​

Clarke County

  • Oglethorpe Avenue ES-Spanish (PreK-1)
Clayton County
  • Unidos Dual Language School (K-5)

  • Morrow Middle - Spanish (6-8)

Cobb County
For more information on Cobb programs click here​.
  • Clarkdale ES-Spanish (K-1)
  • Dowell ES-Spanish (K-1)
  • Fair Oaks ES-Spanish (K-1)
  • Holydale ES-Spanish (K-1)
  • Mableton ES-Spanish (K-1)
  • Nickajack ES-Spanish (K-1)
  • Norton Park ES-Spanish (K-1)
  • Riverside Primary-Spanish (K-1)
  • Riverside Intermediate - Spanish (2)
  • Russell ES-Spanish (K-1)
  • Smyrna ES-Spanish (K-2)​
  • Sprayberry HS - Spanish (9-12) ISLA​
  • Walton HS - Spanish (9-12) ISA​
Dalton Public Schools
  • Brookwood ES-German (K-1)
DeKalb County
  • Ashford Park ES-German (K-4)
  • Barack H. Obama Elementary Magnet School of Technology​-Spanish (K)

  • The GLOBE Academy Charter School - Chinese, French, Spanish (K-8)​​

  • Evansdale ES-French (K-4)
  • Rockbridge ES-French (K-4)​
Douglas County
  •  Beulah ES-Spanish (K-6)​
Forsyth County (Opening Aug 2018)
  • Brandywine ES - Spanish (K)
  • Cumming ES - Spanish (K)
  • ​Kelly Mill ES - Spanish (K)
Fulton County
  • Oakley ES-Chinese (K-2)
  • Mimosa Elementary - Spanish (K)
  • Lake Forest Elementary - Spanish (K)
Gwinnett County
  •  Annistown ES-Spanish (K-3)
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  • ES-Spanish (K-1)
  • Bethesda ES-Spanish (K-3)
  • Camp Creek ES-Spanish (K-1)
  • Ivy Creek ES-Spanish (K-1)
  • Trip ES-French (K-3)
Hall County
  • World Language Academy - Spanish (PK-8)
  • White Sulphur Elementary – Spanish (PK – 1)
  • Mcever Arts Academy Charter School-Spanish (PK -4)​
​​Rockdale County
  • C.J. Hicks ES-Spanish (K-1)
​​​​​​​​Patrick Wallace
World Languages and Global Workforce Initiatives 
Program Specialist
Phone: 404-651-8373
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Patrick Wallace
World Languages and Global Workforce Initiatives 
Program Specialist
Phone: 404-651-8373

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