Development of Language and Literacy in Bilingual Students with Low Native-Language Literacy Skills

Bridges to Academic Success is an accelerated, pre-ninth grade program for recently-arrived immigrant teens with low native-language literacy. Its foundation is a research-based, year-long curriculum that incorporates theories of ESL and bilingual education and values each student’s unique wealth of knowledge and experience. Its goal is to prepare students for high school both culturally and academically in order to reduce the drop-out rate and improve academics for its participants. It is currently operating in select schools in New York City and Western New York State.

The SLA Lab is developing bilingual literacy and numeracy curricula incorporating digital literacy and multimedia supports, and establishing evaluation protocols for the Bridges program in New York City.

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