“In the 2015 legislative session through ESSB 6052 Sec 501(36), state legislators made funds available to the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) to implement a K–12 dual language expansion grant program. The purpose of the grant program is to build and expand well-implemented, sustainable dual language programs as well as to create a state-level infrastructure dedicated to dual language instruction.
“Grants will be awarded to pairs of school districts for periods of two years. Grantees will include districts with the desire to implement new dual language programs. Mentor districts will receive grant funding to support the districts with new dual language programs with implementation and must have a plan for expanding their own dual language programs.
“Grant funds may be used for professional development, supplemental materials, training, administrative staffing of the program, site visits, recruiting bilingual teachers and instructional aides, program evaluation, and coaching.”
For details of the grant funding and application process, read the complete OSPI Bulletin. The deadline for districts to submit the iGrant application is October 5, 2015.