OSPI Awards Dual Language Program Grants to Five School Districts
OLYMPIA — November 13, 2015 — The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) recently awarded competitive grants to five school districts to help boost the academic performance of their English language learners (ELLs) through dual language programs in Spanish and English.
In dual language programs, concepts and information are introduced in the primary language and reinforced in the second language. When students are immersed in two languages, they build cultural competence and are better prepared to engage in the global marketplace. They demonstrate a greater level of focused attention and memory, as well as the ability to verbalize steps to solve complex problems.
“Our English language learners need proven systems of support to succeed in career, college and life,” State Superintendent Randy Dorn said. “We need to do what works.”
The following school districts each received $50,000 per year for two years to develop and expand their newly implemented programs with the guidance of the mentor districts:
The following school districts will act as mentors:
- Wenatchee (will receive $30,000 per year for two years to mentor both Selah and Mabton)
- Bellevue (will receive $20,000 per year for two years to mentor Bethel)
Funds will be spent on instructional coaching, professional development, supplemental materials, program evaluation and recruitment of bilingual teachers. OSPI facilitated the grant process and will collaborate with the districts as they implement their programs. OSPI will also study the academic impact of the dual language programs.
The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) is the primary agency charged with overseeing K–12 education in Washington state. Led by State School Superintendent Randy Dorn, OSPI works with the state’s 295 school districts and nine educational service districts to administer basic education programs and implement education reform on behalf of more than one million public school students.
OSPI provides equal access to all programs and services without discrimination based on sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, honorably discharged veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability. Questions and complaints of alleged discrimination should be directed to the Equity and Civil Rights Director at (360) 725-6162 or P.O. Box 47200, Olympia, WA 98504-7200.
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