Logansport Community School Corporation’s (LCSC) Landis Elementary School has a Dual Language Immersion (DLI) program this school year. Fifty-two kindergarten students are enrolled in the first class, with plans to open a grade level each year until fifth grade.
A DLI program includes native English-speaking students and native speakers of a foreign language (Spanish). The goals of DLI programs are to develop bilingualism and biliteracy, academic achievement, and cross-cultural competencies for all students. In DLI programs, students learn content through both their native language and the target language. By the end of 5th grade, all students in the program are proficient in English, proficient in the target language, and at or above grade level academic benchmarks.
LCSC was fortunate to receive a grant from IDOE to help get the program started and also recognized the Center for P-16 Research and Collaboration at Indiana University Bloomington as instrumental in providing training and guidance to teachers and administrators to get the DLI up and running.