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1 Foreign Language Assistance Program (FLAP) No Child Left Behind

2 FLAP Title V: Promoting Informed Parental Choice and Innovative Programs Part D: Fund for the Improvement of Education Subpart 9: Foreign Language Assistance Program, also known as the “Foreign Language Assistance Act of 2001”

3 FLAP Discretionary provisions authorize the Department to make 3-year grants to the State Educational Agencies (SEAs) and Local Educational Agencies (LEAs).

4 Purpose of the Program The grants pay the Federal share of the cost of innovative model programs for the establishment, improvement, or expansion of foreign language study for elementary and secondary schools students.

5 Purpose of the Program Grants to SEAs—to support systemic approaches in improving FL in the State $50,000-$400,000 per year Grants to LEAs—must show the promise of being continued, demonstrate approaches that can be disseminated, and may include professional development $50,000 to $300,000 per year

6 Requirements In order to build program capacity at the State and local level, cost sharing/matching is required The cost share is 100% for each year If an LEA does not have adequate resources, a waiver may be requested Waivers for cost sharing are not available for State agencies

7 Special Considerations 1.Summer professional development 2.Linking foreign language speakers with schools 3.Promoting the sequential study of foreign languages 4.Using technology 5.Promoting innovative activities 6.A consortium--agency receiving the grant (SEA) and elementary or secondary school

8 Special Considerations (detail) 4. Using technology Computer assisted instruction Language labs Distance learning 5. Promoting innovative activities Content-based instruction Immersion Partial immersion

9 Special Considerations (detail) 5. Promoting innovative activities Two-Way immersion (FL and English) - FLAP funds pay for the FL component - Matching funds pay for FL component - The funding of goals, objectives, and activities pertaining to English are not considered to be allowable costs under the FLAP program - Project personnel, paid by FLAP funding or district matching funds, may not spend time on English objectives or activities

10 Collaboration with Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs) Under FLAP grants, LEAs and SEAs are applicants, grantees and fiscal agents Program design Curriculum/Materials development Professional development Distance learning Evaluation Articulation

11 Minneapolis Public Schools & the University of Minnesota Roosevelt High School Arabic program and the U of MN Arabic program Goal: Improve articulation Share curriculum and assessments Thematic unit/performance assessments posted at Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition (CARLA) Virtual Assessment Center webpage

12 Minneapolis Public Schools & the University of Minnesota lasses.html lasses.html Curriculum Maps Documents Podcasts Units Course Descriptions

13 Fairfax County Public Schools Chinese and Arabic Levels 1-12, 7 schools Year two 1373 students, year three 1755 Goals: 1-6 Chinese and Arabic FLES curriculum Virtual Chinese and Arabic courses LinguaFolio USA! electronic version Model of 1-16 articulation plans Replication initiative

14 Fairfax County Public Schools Partners: Virginia Dept. of Ed—virtual language course throughout Virginia Chinese Language Council (Hanban)— summer professional development George Mason University—1-16 articulation and career choices Georgetown University—1-16 articulation and career choices

15 Fairfax County Public Schools days per year (in-kind) Professor, Georgetown University Director of China Initiatives, GMU Chinese Program Coordinator, GMU GMU will contribute the cost of the FLAP project evaluation

16 NEW FLAP Grants Awarded YearLocalStateAmount 2000125$2 M 2001465$6 M 200200 $6 M FLIP 2003740$10 M 2004460$6 M 2005012$2 M 2006704$14 M

17 FLAP FY 2003 New LEA Grants Awarded $10 M funded 74 grants in 24 states and Washington, DC Competitive priority: Languages of major economic and political importance—Russian, Chinese, and Arabic in K-8

18 FLAP FY 2004 New LEA Grants Awarded $6M funded 46 LEA grants in 15 states Same priority as 2003 Languages served: Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Russian and Spanish

19 FLAP FY 2005 New SEA Grants Awarded $2M funded 12 State Educational Agency grants NE, MN, NC, MS, CT, MT, WV, NJ, PA, WY and Washington, DC

20 FLAP 2006 National Security Language Initiative (NSLI) Designed to dramatically increase the numbers of Americans learning critical need languages from kindergarten through university and into the workforce

21 FLAP Resources Focused 2006 Competitive priority: Languages of major economic and political importance—Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Russian and languages in the Indic, Iranian and Turkic language families

22 FLAP FY 2006 $14 M 70 New LEA Grants Awarded 83% in critical languages 4 New SEA Grants Awarded 75% in critical languages

23 Resources OELA Website NCELA Website Rebecca Richey 202-245-7133 Sharon Manassa 202-245-7124

24 FLAP Reviewers Needed Qualifications: Recent experience in teaching foreign languages in K-12 public elementary or secondary schools in the U.S., or in preparing teachers to teach foreign languages K-12 in the U.S. Ability to use technology to complete reviews Submit a brief resume to

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