Good Schools and Classrooms for Children Learning English: A Guide

María Robledo Montecel, Ph.D., Josie Danini Cortez, M.A., Albert Cortez, Ph.D., & Abelardo Villarreal, Ph.D.



Thirty years of research have proven that, when implemented well, bilingual education is the best way to learn English. IDRA’s national research study for OBEMLA identified the 25 common characteristics of successful schools that contribute to high academic performance of students learning English. This guide is a rubric, designed for people in schools and communities to evaluate five dimensions that are necessary for success: school indicators, leadership, student outcomes, support, and programmatic and instructional practices.

For each criterion, this guide indicates which specific educational equity goal(s) it reflects:

Goal 1: Comparably high academic achievement and other student outcomes;
Goal 2: Equitable access and inclusion;
Goal 3: Equitable treatment;
Goal 4: Equitable opportunity to learn; and
Goal 5: Equitable resources.


Learn more about the research study.

Hear a podcast about the study and the guide.


Product Description

(ISBN: 1-878550-69-1; 64 Pages; 2002; $15.00)