Inquiry By Design Unveils Secondary Dual Language Program

One-of-a-kind Biliteracy Framework aligned program launches this fall

September 14, 2022 —  Inquiry By Design is launching a student-centered literacy based Secondary Dual Language supplemental program this fall for dual language/immersion districts seeking deep practice with essential inquiry-based work progressions (e.g. small group work, discussion, regular text marking and writing tasks) aligned to the rigor of the Common Core State Standards. The English Language Arts company offers a foundational program, in both Spanish and Vietnamese, that is aligned to the Biliteracy Framework. Dual language programs continue to rise in popularity as communities demand programmatic options that are effective for both English language learners and for those that are already fluent in English. 

“Inquiry By Design ELA teachers see gigantic shifts in engagement and proficiency for their EL students year over year. Our inquiry-based curriculum felt like a natural fit with the nationwide demand for more rigorous and standards aligned Dual Language Arts programs,” said Nick Resnick, Chief Executive Officer of Inquiry By Design, “With our unique instructional approach and believing deeply in what each student brings to the learning experience, we knew this growing market would be a great place for our next language arts product – the Dual Language Foundational Program.”

Dual Language/Immersion programs are rising rapidly across the country. In California, a 226% increase in programs occurred from 2010 to 2019 with many districts eager to follow suit. In partnership with Highline Public Schools in Washington State, Inquiry By Design leaped at the opportunity to create an asset-based secondary dual language curricular program that assumes all students come to class equipped with cultural and linguistic resources that are rich and varied.

The inquiry-based company’s current Dual Language partners include Highline Public Schools (6-12) in Washington and DSST Public Schools (6-8) in Colorado. Overall, the company continues to expand its footprint along the West Coast. Federal Way, Washington adopted Inquiry By Design for grades 9-12 in spring of 2017, followed by Berkeley, California (6-8), Tigard-Tualatin School District (6-12), Highline Public Schools (6-12), and Renton Public Schools (9-12). The company also continues work with several other West Coast districts, including school districts in Bend-La Pine, Black Butte, North Clackamas, Alameda, and Cupertino (in California). 

Inquiry By Design is committed to student-centered literacy and language learning marked by the reading, writing about, and discussion of content-rich, complex texts. The company firmly believes that all students deserve—and even crave—real, meaningful, and relevant work. Hence, its motto: No fake work.

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