Note to the Press: Please include the following statement from State Rep. Jeff Ellington (R-Bloomington) in your coverage of the Indiana Department of Education’s announcement that Summit Elementary and Clear Creek Elementary schools are grant recipients of the Dual Language Immersion Pilot Program. In the 2017 legislative session, Ellington voted to provide $1 million over the next two years to support dual language programs across the state.
STATEHOUSE (July 24, 2017) – “Dual language programs have been shown to transform the educational environment and close the achievement gap among English-language learners and low-income students. Participants in these programs are more aware of the world around them and are better prepared for a global workforce. I would like to extend my gratitude to the individuals within the Monroe County Community School Corp. who successfully applied for this competitive grant. Your hard work will greatly impact the lives of those who will now get to participate in this beneficial program.”
Click here for a list of school corporations receiving dual language program grants. The IDOE’s press release is below.
Rep. Jeff Ellington represents House District 62, which includes
portions of Greene, Monroe, Martin and Daviess counties.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 21, 2017
Indiana Department of Education Announces Dual Language Immersion Pilot Program Grant Recipients
INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) announced today the grant recipients of the Indiana Dual Language Immersion (DLI) Pilot Program. The DLI Program provides grants to school corporations that establish or expand dual language immersion programs in Mandarin, Spanish, French, and more.
“Presenting students with opportunities to learn to communicate by multiple methods and in multiple languages prepares them for the twenty-first century world in which we live,” said Dr. Jennifer McCormick, Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction. “I am thankful for the awarded schools who are continuing and creating instruction to provide Indiana students an edge in learning. Indiana truly is a leader in educational initiatives.”
In its third year, the purpose of the DLI Program is to distribute financial assistance to school corporations or charter schools for either the establishment of new DLI programs or introduction of new languages in existing DLI programs. Those programs must begin in either Kindergarten or Grade 1 and use an instructional model that provides at least 50 percent of its instruction in a second language and the remaining percentage of instructional time in English.
In this year’s legislative session, the General Assembly provided $1 million over the next biennium to support DLI programs across the state. For the 2017-18 school year, in total, three schools received awards to continue existing programs, with seven schools receiving funding for new DLI programs.
To view a list of current grant recipients, please visit: www.doe.in.gov/sites/default/files/news/17-18_dli_grant_recipients.pdf. For additional information on the DLI Pilot Program, please visit: www.doe.in.gov/ccr/dual-language-immersion.