LONG BEACH, Ca — July 11, 2017 – A new report released by Californians Together shows that many school districts across the state are currently facing a growing bilingual teacher shortage, and that in the near term, there is a pool of at least 7,000 bilingual teachers who are well positioned to begin to address this shortage, and need to be supported with professional development. [Read more…] about Bilingual Teacher Shortage Requires Immediate Action: Study Shows That Bilingual Teachers Exist, But They Require Professional Development
Your help is needed in moving our sponsored bill, AB 952 (Reyes), which addresses the shortage of bilingual teachers by establishing the Bilingual Teacher Professional Development Program off the Suspense File of the Assembly Appropriations Committee. AB 952 would establish the Bilingual Teacher Professional Development Program which provides professional development to two categories of credentialed teachers interested in teaching in bilingual classrooms/programs: 1) teachers who have a bilingual authorization but have taught only in English only classrooms and 2) teachers who are fluent in another language in addition to English. AB 952 (Reyes) addresses the shortage of bilingual teachers by proposing an approach that will expeditiously create a cadre of bilingual teachers. Please click on this link to send the letter to the members of Assembly Appropriations Committee who will be hearing this bill.
Your help is needed in obtaining funding for professional development to two categories of credential teachers interested in teaching in bilingual classrooms/programs: 1) teachers who have a bilingual authorization but are teaching in English only classrooms and 2) teachers who are fluent in another language in addition to English but do not have a bilingual authorization. Professional development for these teachers is an approach that will expeditiously create a cadre of bilingual teachers. Funding for professional development for these teachers is critical! Please click here to send a letter to the members of the Assembly Budget Subcommittee 2: Education Finance.
Letters needed to help solve the Bilingual Teacher Shortage
Currently there is a significant shortage of bilingual teachers and these numbers will only grow as districts begin to implement new and expanded dual and other bilingual programs encouraged by the passage of Proposition 58, The Education for a Global Economy Act. The proposition passed with 73.5% of the electorate voting yes and this new support for multilingual education can only be implemented if there are bilingual teachers prepared to work in dual and other bilingual programs.
Assembly Member Eloise Gomez Reyes is authoring AB 952 (hot link), The Bilingual Teacher Professional Development Program. This legislation would establish consortiums to provide professional development for current bilingual teachers who have been teaching for five years or more in English only programs and for teachers who are native speakers of other languages and who wish to possess a bilingual certification.
In addition, the proposed legislation would encourage recruitment of the state Seal of Biliteracy awardees to enter into the teacher preparation programs and the creation of alternative support programs to increase the pipeline of bilingual teachers.
We need to send a letter (hot link) to Assembly Member Reyes thanking her for authoring this important bill and demonstrating the support she has for moving forward with this initiative.
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