The Indiana Department of Education has awarded nearly $500,000 in grants to 10 school districts throughout the state as part of the Indiana Dual Language Immersion Pilot Program. The grants will allow districts to establish or expand dual language immersion programs in Mandarin, Spanish and French, among others.
To be eligible for the grants, the DLI programs must begin in either kindergarten or first grade. They must also use an instructional model that provides at least 50 percent of its instruction in a second language, with the remaining instruction in English.
"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 Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Jennifer McCormick. "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."
You can view the list of recipients below: