The Indiana Department of Education says a record number of schools will be receiving grants to establish or expand dual language immersion programs. For the 2021-2022 school year, 18 school districts were awarded a total of $425,000.
Indiana’s Dual Language Immersion Program provides grants to school corporations for programs in Mandarin, Spanish, French, or other languages approved by IDOE.
“Dual immersion programs provide Hoosier students with a head start on developing important language and cultural knowledge that will help them thrive in today’s rapidly changing, global economy,” said Dr. Katie Jenner, Indiana Secretary of Education. “Research shows when students begin these programs at an early age, they develop enhanced cognitive skills and also improve their performance in other academic areas, helping close achievement gaps and prepare students for additional pathways to lifelong success.”
The IDOE says the funding includes 15 school districts receiving funds to expand their programs, and three districts receiving funds to launch new programs:
- Franklin Township Community School Corp.
- Manchester Community Schools
- Goshen Community Schools
- Lawrenceburg Community School Corp.
- MSD Lawrence Township
- South Bend Community School Corp.
- School City of Hammond
- Muncie Community Schools
- MSD Washington Township
- Warsaw Community Schools
- Logansport Community School Corp.
- Bartholomew Consolidated School Corp.
- MSD Martinsville Schools
- Wabash City Schools
- Southwest Dubois County School Corp.
- Monroe County Community School Corp.
- MSD Warren Township
- Valparaiso Community Schools