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Visiting Mexican Teachers Program (Programa Visitante)

The Visiting Mexican Teachers Program, or Programa Visitante, is a mutually beneficial program with a partnership between the Oregon Department of Education and the Ministry of Education in Mexico (SEP) in which highly qualified teachers from Mexico come to Oregon and teach in high-need, dual-language programs. The Oregon Department of Education works closely with the Consulate of Mexico in order to recruit and retain teachers from Mexico. Visiting teachers obtain a leave of absence through the Secretary of Education in Mexico for their current teaching positions, licensure through TSPC in Oregon, and work under a J-1 visa for 3-5 years. While in Oregon, they live and teach in communities with both native Spanish-speaking students and students learning Spanish in a two-way immersion program. They provide high-quality, native Spanish-speaking instruction while also teaching students about their culture, customs and traditions of Mexico. In addition, they are role models to students wanting to make connections to their own culture or who want to learn about other cultures. When the teacher’s service is over, they return to Mexico as teacher leaders and help implement many of the language learning strategies and best practices they gleaned from working and living in the United States. Please also see the website for the Mexico Ministry of Education http://www.mexterior.sep.gob.mx/.

K-12 Biliteracy Pathways Grant

In 2015, HB 3499 was passed, which focuses the state’s resources and attention directly on improving outcomes for English Learners (Els). This includes developing a statewide plan of support for districts and schools that serve these students. A new grant program under HB 3499 supporting the development, improvement and evaluation of K-12 biliteracy pathways was created to assist the state in identifying model EL instructional practices and programs for statewide replication.

Dual Language/Two-Way Bilingual Grant

The Dual-Language/Two-Way Bilingual Grant program - a strategic initiative - was established during the 2013 - 2015 Legislative Session, specifically to help close achievement gaps between English Learners (Els) and non-English Learners and to support bilingualism, biliteracy, and academic achievement among all students. Dual Language and Two-Way programs assist students in becoming academically proficient in two languages by providing research-based instruction that closes the academic achievement gap in English and continues to develop a student’s first language. The purpose of the grant is to assist districts, charter schools, or consortia of school districts with the design, implementation and improvement of dual language/two-way bilingual programs across the state.

Grants were awarded to:

    o Bend-LaPine School District
    o Hood River County School District
    o Jackson County School District #6
    o Newberg School District
    o Nyssa School District & Four Rivers Community School
    o Portland Public Schools
    o Springfield Public Schools

Map of Grant Recipients

RFP and Related Information

Click here PDF to access Dual Language Resources.

Kick-Off Webinar, December 10, 2013

  • Markisha Smith Email    (503) 947-5669
    Equity Team - Director, Equity Team
  • Taffy Carlisle Email    (503) 947-5688
    Equity Team - Education Program Specialist
  • Kelly Slater Email    (503) 947-5741
    Equity Team - Education Program Specialist