Washington State Superintendent Wins Nationwide Bilingual Training Management Award
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Washington State Superintendent Wins Nationwide Bilingual Training Management Award

Washington State Superintendent Wins Nationwide Bilingual Training Management Award

State Superintendent Chris Reykdal has obtained an award from a nationwide group in honor of his work to advertise twin language schooling throughout Washington.

OLYMPIA, WA, USA, March 2, 2023 /EINPresswire.com/ — At their 52nd annual convention held in Portland, OR, final week, the Nationwide Affiliation for Bilingual Training (NABE) offered State Superintendent Chris Reykdal with their Management Award.

NABE is a nonprofit group that represents and advocates for bilingual college students and schooling professionals, and the Management Award is given annually to a person who promotes fairness and educational excellence within the discipline of bilingual schooling.

“It’s an unimaginable honor to be acknowledged for this award,” Reykdal mentioned. “We all know that younger individuals are higher served after they have entry to twin language teaching programs, and the lifelong worth of multilingualism can’t be overstated. As Washington’s college students graduate and enter the workforce, offering them with the chance to develop multilingual abilities from a younger age will assist them safe fulfilling careers in an more and more aggressive international economic system.”

In Washington’s twin language teaching programs, classroom content material is taught partly in English and partly in a accomplice language that’s chosen on the native stage. A long time of analysis present that twin language schooling is the one program mannequin that stops and closes alternative gaps for multilingual/English learners and different scholar teams which have been traditionally underserved.

Within the 2015–16 faculty 12 months, the Legislature started offering grant funding to highschool districts and state-tribal schooling compact (STEC) colleges to develop capability for twin language teaching programs throughout Washington. Beneath Reykdal’s management, Washington has greater than doubled the variety of faculty districts that provide a two-way twin language program. At present, 48 faculty districts and STEC colleges function twin language applications serving roughly 35,000 college students throughout Washington.

Increasing scholar entry to twin language schooling has lengthy been one in all Reykdal’s prime priorities for Washington’s colleges, and he has advocated for the Legislature to develop these efficient applications, and construct out the bilingual educator workforce, since taking workplace in 2017. Reykdal’s aim is to succeed in statewide implementation — the place each younger learner in Washington has entry to twin language studying in elementary faculty — by 2040. Reaching this aim would require continued legislative investments.

As a part of honoring Reykdal’s receipt of the Management Award, NABE invited him to talk at their convention. In his remarks, Reykdal thanked the educators who’re the center and soul of scholar studying. He additionally thanked lawmakers from Washington state who’ve partnered with him to make twin language entry a precedence in public coverage and of their price range priorities.

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