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About GlobaLingo

GlobaLingo provides research-informed practical solutions for the planning, design, implementation, and evaluation of dual language immersion education programs (including traditional public, private, Charter, I.B., and Montessori) in the United States and abroad. Whether your program features Spanish, German, Japanese, Mandarin, French, or another partner language, GlobaLingo provides the expertise you need to take your program to the next level!

GlobaLingo was founded by Dr. Barbara Kennedy (“BK”) in 2019. Co-author of the internationally recognized Guiding Principles for Dual Language Education, 3rd Edition (2018) and winner of the 2015 National Association for Bilingual Education (NABE) Outstanding Dissertation Award, Dr. BK has dedicated the past 30+ years to increasing effectiveness of multilingual education.

Dr. BK is trilingual (English, Spanish, German) and has worked as a bilingual, ESL, and world languages teacher, district administrator, national consultant, and state program director.

Working out of Austin, Texas, Dr. BK is known for her down-to-earth demeanor and solutions-oriented approach and works with you one-on-one to provide customized services and supports to meet your program’s unique needs.


Guiding Principles for Dual Language Education, 3rd Edition (2018)

Dual Language Education: Answers to Questions From the Field (2017)

Profiles of Dual Language Education in the 21st Century (2018)

A Qualitative Case Study of the Bilingual Teacher Shortage in One Texas School


Program Planning

Are you in the planning phase as you prepare to implement a new dual language immersion program in your school or district?

GlobaLingo provides customized technical assistance to guide your team through the program planning and design process, including:

  • Needs assessment
  • Community partnerships
  • Language allocation plan design
  • Curriculum, instruction, and assessment decisions
  • Budgeting
  • Staff recruitment and on-boarding
  • Professional development

Professional Development

Are you looking for ways to increase the effectiveness and impact that your dual language educators have on the students you serve?

GlobaLingo provides interactive workshops that link theory to practice and include opportunities for hands-on application of new learning to real-world situations and contexts, including:

  • The Power of Peers – Promoting Effective Interaction in the Dual Language Classroom
  • Teaching for Success: Dual Language Teacher Academy
  • Leading for Success: Dual Language Leadership Academy
  • Tackling Pillar Three: Incorporating Cultural Objectives and Developing Sociocultural Competence

Globalingo provides instructional coaching that is job-embedded, authentic, collaborative, and reflective. Areas of coaching focus include:

  • Biliteracy curriculum design
  • Lesson planning, co-planning, and partner teacher collaboration strategies
  • Lesson modeling, observation, and feedback, including lesson study
  • Assessment, data analysis, and Professional Learning Community (PLC) facilitation

Program Evaluation

Are you looking for ways to strengthen your existing dual language immersion program to increase outcomes for the students you serve?

GlobaLingo provides comprehensive program evaluation services that use real-time qualitative and quantitative data to make concrete recommendations and outline action steps to take your dual language program to the next level. Program evaluations are fully customized to your needs and may include:

  • Stakeholder input and focus group facilitation
  • Classroom observations
  • Analysis of language allocation plan, program policy documents, and related artifacts
  • Alignment audit of program curriculum, professional development, instructional materials, and assessments
  • Budget analysis
  • Review of staff recruiting and retention policies and plans
  • Analysis of student outcome data
  • School environment and culture analysis

Charter School Services

Are you in the process of developing your initial proposal for your charter school? Or drafting your renewal application?

GlobaLingo provides a full range of technical assistance services to support charter schools that serve English learners through dual language, transitional bilingual education, or English as a Second Language programming, including:

  • Initial Charter application development
  • Charter renewal application development
  • English learner program model planning and design
  • English learner program model evaluation and redesign
  • Professional development, customized to the unique needs of your Charter

Customized Support


Years Experience


Client Satisfaction


Dr. BK always came up with solutions when we experienced the most complex issues that derived from many variations of DLI curriculum, teaching strategies, differentiation, lesson planning, etc.

Especially when the linguistic ratio of students changed, she provided the precise advice the teachers needed to hear, which is essential to the success and sustainability of DLI schools.

This year we started the only one Japanese/English DLI state charter school in Georgia. She provided a great foundation in strategies and techniques for all teachers–new and experienced in this field–by offering an interactive learning experience.

What sets her consulting apart from others is her sensitive listening skills and accurate analysis of the issues that her clients are facing. She also provides the most applicable examples and gives us a variety of suggestions to consider. AND she has a kind and gracious heart!

Minako Ahearn
Former Principal, Seigakuin Atlanta International School
Board Chair, International Charter Academy of Georgia

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