There is an opportunity to provide “seed” and “capacity building” funding to our school districts seeking to expand existing dual language immersion or developmental bilingual programs or to establish new dual language immersion or developmental bilingual programs or early learning dual language learner programs.
AB 2514 (Thurmond) Pupil Instruction: Dual Language Grant Program was introduced by Assembly Member Thurmond on February 14, 2018. This bill is sponsored by CABE and Californians Together in response to feedback from educators that additional resources are required for our school districts to expand or establish new dual language immersion or development bilingual programs as called for in Proposition 58 of November 2016 and overwhelmingly supported by voters! The bill would also allow funding for early learning programs for our dual language learners in pre-school!!
Significant provisions of AB 2514 (Thurmond) include:
Establishes the 3 year Pathways to Success Grant Program proposing to provide up to $300,000 per grantee for a minimum of 10 grants.
Allows local educational agencies or consortia to apply for this funding.
Funding can be used for purposes such as recruitment of bilingual teachers at the pre-school, elementary and secondary levels, on-going professional development for teachers, teacher coaches, establishment and support of language learning materials; instructional materials; and ongoing outreach to families and family engagement.
Convening of grant recipients to share their program models, best instructional practices, curriculum, instructional materials and other resources.
AB 2514 will be heard in the Assembly Education Committee on April 11, 2018. Click below to send a letter of Support Assembly Member O’Donnell, Chair of the Assembly Education Committee. All letters much be received by April 5th.
Let’s implement the promise of Proposition 58, reaffirming the value of multilingualism and biliteracy! Let’s encourage and promote dual language immersion, developmental bilingual programs and early learning dual language learner programs NOW!
Click HERE to send your letter to Assemblymember O’Donnell.