A program that prepares bilingual teachers for dual-language classrooms in California is set to end this month, potentially worsening a shortage.
Some school districts were forced to pause their expansion plans for new dual language immersion programs due to the pandemic.
With most instruction now remote and with less class time, students don’t spend as much time exposed to their new language.
To help preschoolers who are learning to speak in more than one language, one California school district is focusing on parent engagement through in-person interviews that are boosting parent participation in class activities.
Matthew Duffy said his primary goals are raising student achievement and reducing teacher turnover.
The new law that governs language instruction in California is making way for districts to expand bilingual programs.
As districts expand bilingual programs, they're ramping up training so teachers who speak Spanish can teach Common Core and standards for English learners.
The law reverses the English-only mandate voters passed in 1998.
The ballot measure would eliminate the English-only requirement voters approved in 1998.
The measure would replace Proposition 227, which severely limits bilingual education.