Caminos de Bilingüismo: Co-designing and Co-conducting Research on High School Bilingual Pathways with Students

Program Contact

Deb Palmer

Professor, Equity, Bilingualism and Biliteracy


Thirteen New Vista High School (NVHS) students and CU Boulder faculty and graduate students are co-designing and co-conducting a study with CU Boulder faculty and graduate students that explores the biliteracy pathways students, families, community members, educators and administrators want to create at NVHS and in Boulder Valley School District (BVSD).  This youth-driven participatory action research (YPAR) project will investigate the research question that NVHS students have designed: What kinds of unique secondary biliteracy programs could BVSD create to best help emerging bilingual students across the district? 

This project aims to support BVSD’s Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education department and NVHS to become innovators in the area of high school biliteracy pathways by centering student voices and engaging students as experts and co-constructors of knowledge. The NVHS student researchers will learn research skills, learn about bilingual education, spend time on the CU Boulder campus and develop their own biliteracy. They will develop meaningful recommendations about how and why NVHS and BVSD can expand biliteracy pathways based on their research.  These findings and recommendations will be shared bilingually to different communities of parents, school leaders, and district leaders in Spring 2024.  NVHS student researchers are able to earn both Community Experience credit towards graduation and concurrent enrollment college credits in youth research through CU Boulder continuing education.




  • Caminos de Bilingüismo Workshops with NVHS Students @ CU Boulder

    Additional Info

    CU Graduate students and NVSD students bilingually work to co-construct and co-design research exploring high school bilingual program possibilities.


    on campus


    9/6/2023 - 5/23/2024

    Public or Private

    Private Program (by request only or for a specific audience or group)

    Program Fee

    No charge to attend/participate in activity or program

Sponsoring Units

  • School of Education

  • BUENO Center for Multicultural Education
  • National Education Policy Center (NEPC)
  • Program in Equity, Bilingualism & Biliteracy

Program Partners

  • New Vista High School, Boulder Valley School District

Audiences Served

  • Families
  • Historically Excluded/Marginalized/Non-dominant Group(s)
  • Immigrant Individuals/Communities
  • People Of Color
  • Students - English Language Learners (ELL)/Emergent Bilingual
  • Students - High School