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Bilingual Teacher Professional Development: RFA

California Department of Education
Official Letter
California Department of Education
Official Letter
September 6, 2017

Dear County and District Superintendents, Charter School Administrators, and Interested Parties:

BILINGUAL TEACHER PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
2017 REQUEST FOR APPLICATIONS

The California Department of Education (CDE) Professional Learning Support Division is pleased to announce that the Request for Applications (RFA) for the Bilingual Teacher Professional Development Program (BTPDP) is now available. This program funds projects that provide professional learning opportunities to teams of eligible teachers, principals, and paraprofessionals to increase the number of teachers who obtain a bilingual authorization as a result of participation in the program and to increase the number of teachers with a bilingual authorization who return to teaching in a bilingual or multilingual setting.The BTPDP RFA is available on the CDE Teaching and Leading Web page at http://www.cde.ca.gov/pd/ps/teachingleading.asp.

Eligible local educational agencies (including county offices of education, school districts, charter schools, or a consortia of multiple local educational agencies) can apply for state funds to provide professional learning opportunities. BTPDP applicants are encouraged to partner with at least one school or department of education within a public or private nonprofit four-year institution of higher education that prepares teachers or other regional providers that are actively implementing a Commision on Teacher Credentialing Approved Bilingual Authorization program that is in good standing (https://www.ctc.ca.gov/commission/reports/data/app-approved-program). All applicants must be actively providing educational services within the California County Superintendents Educational Services Association region where the application originates from (http://ccsesa.org/members/region-map/).

Background

The program is authorized under AB 99, Chapter 15, and Section 54. Article 5 (commencing with Section 52200) added to Chapter 7 of Part 28 of Division 4 of Title 2 of the Education Code. The bill appropriated $5,000,000 from the General Fund to the State Superintendent of Public Instruction (SSPI) to be available through the 2019–20 fiscal year for the BTPDP.

Application for Bilingual Teacher Professional Development Program

The department shall allocate grant funding to eligible local educational agencies, including county offices of education, school districts, charter schools, or a consortia of local educational agencies. The official applicant will:

  • Write a proposal that reflects the unique aspects of the regional and local context the partnership represents.
  • Provide evidence demonstrating the commitment, capability, and experience to fully prepare teachers to obtain bilingual authorizations and to improve or update a teacher’s knowledge and skills relating to biliteracy, English language acquisition, English language development, pupil assessment in English and other languages, and instruction in the components of a high-quality bilingual or multilingual education program.
  • Clearly indicate how the applicant(s) plan to increase the number of teachers who obtain a bilingual authorization as a result of participation in the program and the number of teachers with a bilingual authorization who return to teaching in a bilingual or multilingual setting.
  • Demonstrate the capacity to conduct an evaluation of a professional development program offered by the applicant(s) for the purpose of identifying areas of strength, areas requiring improvement, and recommendations for making improvement.
  • Agree to share information about their policies and practices and evidence regarding the effectiveness of those policies and practices in increasing the number of teachers who obtain a bilingual authorization as a result of participation in the program and the number of teachers with a bilingual authorization who will teach in a bilingual or multilingual setting with other entities within their regions and across the state.
  • Agree to report to the CDE, by January 1, 2021, the number of participants who were issued bilingual authorizations, the number of previously authorized teachers who have participated in the program and subsequently returned to bilingual teaching assignments, and the number of teachers who are still working at least 50 percent of the time in a bilingual setting.

Interested applicants are required to submit the Bilingual Teacher Professional Development Program Intent to Submit an Application Form to the CDE Educator Excellence Office by 5 p.m. on September 15, 2017. Submitting this form does not require an organization to submit an application; however, an application will not be accepted unless the form is submitted and received by the CDE on time.

All applicants must submit a complete application, including all required components, to the Educator Excellence Office by 5 p.m. on October 13, 2017. Incomplete, late, or incorrectly formatted applications will not be scored or considered for approval. Applicants are urged to use express, certified, or registered mail. Transmissions by electronic mail (e-mail) or facsimile (fax) will not be accepted.

A technical assistance Webinar in regards to the BTPDP RFA, letter of intent, and other program requirements will take place on September 8, 2017. For additional information, please see the CDE Teaching and Leading Web page located at http://www.cde.ca.gov/pd/ps/teachingleading.asp.

If you have any questions regarding this RFA, please contact either Marcia Trott, Education Programs Consultant, Educator Excellence Office, by phone at 916-323-8901 or by e-mail at mtrott@cde.ca.gov; or Angie Ford, Education Programs Consultant, Educator Excellence Office, by phone at 916-319-0780 or by e-mail at aford@cde.ca.gov.

Sincerely,

TOM TORLAKSON

TT:mt
2017-05517

Last Reviewed: Wednesday, September 6, 2017

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