Thomas & Collier Research

Research and Evaluation

in Dual Language Education

Our goal

is to provide local, state, national, and international agencies information they can use to successfully refine and improve their education programs, and to document and validate their successes. We specialize in school-based programs and research for "at-risk" students, especially students whose first language is not English.

Our services
  • Keynote Speaking
  • Professional Development for School Districts
  • Consulting for Local, State, National, and International Agencies
  • Writing Professional Books and Other Publications
  • Program Evaluation and Education Research

 

Our NEW BOOK

Transforming Secondary Education:

Middle and High School Dual Language Programs

“Readers who are new to the idea of dual language schooling, those preparing to expand their program to the secondary level, and experienced secondary dual language educators will all find important information regarding what works well in secondary dual language education, what challenges might occur, and what new approaches others have taken to address those challenges.

 

 

 

“This comprehensive collection of articles provides a roadmap for dual language immersion in our nation’s middle and high schools, drawing on research and successful programs from a diverse set of schools. As demand for dual language immersion grows among parents and community leaders, the work of Thomas and Collier and their colleagues should be on the desk of every secondary school principal, school board member, and superintendent.”

 Dr. Bill Rivers

 Executive Director

 Joint National Committee for Languages

 

“Nationwide and in California, the exponential growth of PreK-12th grade dual language immersion pathways is impressive! The focus for guidance on the systemic, academic, and social-emotional elements needed for the middle and high school levels is loud and clear, and as always, Collier and Thomas have stepped in to offer a clear look at what it takes to create successful and sustainable programs! Kudos for offering this focus!”

 Jan Gustafson Corea

 Chief Executive Officer

 CABE—California Association for Bilingual Education

 

“Drs. Collier and Thomas’ research and guidance has been invaluable throughout my journey leading the implementation of dual language programs. This carefully compiled collection of first-person contributions from experienced and knowledgeable dual language educators provides a treasure trove of strategies for launching and enhancing secondary dual language programs in school districts of all sizes.”

 Dr. Olivia Hernández

 Assistant Superintendent, Bilingual/ESL & Migrant

 San Antonio Independent School District, Texas

 

 

 

Recent Books

For more Thomas & Collier publications, click here

  • Educating English Learners for a Transformed World (Book 1)

    Collier, V.P., & Thomas, W.P. (2009). Educating English Learners For a Transformed World. Albuquerque, NM: Dual Language Education of New Mexico – Fuente Press.

     

    This book should be read by anyone who is making decisions regarding the design, implementation, and assessment of educational programming for English learners. Electronic edition and 2nd printing available.

     

    "For educators, researchers, and professional developers like me, Thomas and Collier's research findings are particularly relevant and vital as a foundation for further research as well as for firmly establishing dual language education as an effective, viable, and desirable alternative to subtractive and monolingual education.”

    Sonia Soltero, Ph.D., DePaul University, Chicago, Illinois

    Available as a text and as ebook through the DLeNM website.

  •  La educación de los estudiantes de inglés para un mundo en constante transformación (Book 1 )

    Collier, V.P., & Thomas, W.P. (2013). La educación de los estudiantes de inglés para un mundo en constante transformación.

     

    Albuquerque, NM: Dual Language Education of New Mexico – Fuente Press.

     

    Electronic edition of 2009 book, translated into Spanish.

     

     

    Este libro debería ser leído por todos aquellos que se dedican a tomar decisiones sobre el diseño, la implementación y la evaluación de los programas educativos para estudiantes de inglés.

  • Dual Language Education for a Transformed World (Book 2)

    Thomas, W.P., & Collier, V.P. (2012). Dual Language Education For a Transformed World. Albuquerque, NM: Dual Language Education of New Mexico – Fuente Press.

     

     

    This book makes the case for dual language education to become the standard for all schools. Written for new and veteran implementers, it provides hope, rationale, guidance, and the tools to transform education to 21st century standards.

     

    "The research of Dr. Wayne Thomas and Dr. Virginia Collier has opened the eyes of many educators, policy makers, and the community at large about the long-term effects of dual language education… Their work is also powerful for promoting the development of students’ native language, second language, and academic achievement.”
    Rossana Boyd, Ph.D., Director, Bilingual/ESL Teacher Certification Programs—University of North Texas

     

    "This book provides districts, schools, and practitioners with essential guidance and affirmation in their work to establish sustainable English learner success, while creating the necessary environments for English speakers to acquire the multilingual competency required to thrive in the 21st century..."

    Francisca Sánchez,  President, California Association for Bilingual Education

    Available as a text and as ebook through the DLeNM website.

  • La educaciόn de lenguaje dual para un mundo transformado (Book 2)
    Thomas, W.P., & Collier, V.P. (2018). La educaciόn de lenguaje dual para un mundo transformado Albuquerque, NM: Dual Language Education of New Mexico – Fuente Press. Electronic edition of 2012 book, translated into Spanish. Este libro explica por qué la educación de lenguaje dual debe ser el programa educativo esencial. Escrito tanto para educadores nuevos y experimentados, el libro provee la esperanza, el razonamiento, la dirección y las herramientas necesarias para transformar la educación para el siglo XXI.

    Available as an ebook through the DLeNM website.

  • Creating Dual Language Schools for a Transformed World: Administrators Speak (Book 3)

    Collier, V.P., & Thomas, W.P. (2014).Creating Dual Language Schools for a Transformed World:  Administrators Speak

    Albuquerque, NM: Dual Language Education of New Mexico – Fuente Press.

     

    This book shares the stories of experienced dual language administrators across the country as they plan, implement, and refine their dual language programs in a variety of settings. The Collier and Thomas narrative links these stories with research, theory, and connections to larger contexts.  If you are interested in the benefits of dual language schooling for your community, you need to read this book and hear what these very experienced dual language administrators have to say.

     

    "... this new resource is instrumental to our continued efforts to create accessible, first-rate dual language classrooms. The administrator-level focus of this book will have a resounding impact on myriad stakeholders for new program development as well as current program enhancement."

    Joan R. Lachance, Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Charlotte

     

    "This dynamic book amplifies the value of knowing two or more languages and the crucial role of district and school leaders, educators, and community in promoting bilingualism through well-implemented dual language programs."

    Pauline Dow, Ed.D., San Antonio Independent School District, Texas

     

    "... the work of Collier and Thomas provides teachers and administrators with research-based tools to implement and advocate for effective practice for bilingual learners. Their comprehensive synthesis of research on high-quality dual language education is unique in its scope and invaluable for experienced and novice dual language educators alike."

    Ester de Jong, Ed.D., University of Florida

    Available as a text and as ebook through the DLeNM website.

  • Why Dual Language Schooling (Book 4)

    Thomas, W.P. & Collier, V.P. (2017).

    Why Dual Language Schooling

    Albuquerque, NM: Dual Language Education of New Mexico – Fuente Press.

     

     

    This short book is written for education policy makers and families. Read this book and you will understand why this innovation is so popular and powerful, and why dual language schooling meets all students’ needs so well.

     

     

  • Transforming Secondary Education: Middle and High School Dual Language Programs (Book 5)

    Collier, V.P.  and Thomas, W.P. (2018).

    Transforming Secondary Education: Middle and High School

    Dual Language Programs

    Albuquerque, NM: Dual Language Education of New Mexico – Fuente Press.

     

     

    This book illuminates a powerful idea, with strong theoretical and research underpinnings, as presented by school leaders who are working in the real world of U.S. schools. If you are interested in experiencing the benefits of dual language schooling for your community, you need to read this book and learn what these very accomplished dual language administrators have to say.

     

     

 

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