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 2017-2018 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/standards/dual-language-immersion.