Administrators at two-way immersion schools across the United States have called for years for ways for teachers to be certified as bilingual instructors. In December, two states followed through with state budget initiatives and federal grants to do just that.
According to news reports in December 2017, the University of Washington received a $2.4 million grant to "cover half the cost of tuition for teacher candidates to get a master’s degree in elementary education and a bilingual teaching endorsement." These teachers will serve South King County, Bellevue and Shoreline.
Just a week later, the State Department of Education in California announced a similar grant of nearly $1 million to train teachers in bilingual education through professional development programs to be held across the state: Anaheim Union High School District, Oak Grove School District, Patterson Joint Unified School District, Riverside Unified School District, and to the Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Bernardino and San Luis Obispo county offices of education.
The Roche Center for Catholic Education remains unique in its efforts to meet the needs of bilingual children in Catholic parishes and schools. By remaining engaged with researchers to disseminate the best ways to instruct children in two-way immersion methods, such as promoting the Guiding Principles, and by responding to the needs of TWI Catholic schools, the Roche Center and the Two-Way Immersion Network for Catholic Schools will help to lead the way in preparing children to be bilingual, biliterate citizens.
-Mary Bridget Burns