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Public interest, research and policies about dual language education and the multiple benefits of bilingualism and biliteracy have led to shortages of bilingual education teachers in the state and nation. School districts and educator preparation programs are actively looking for pathways of bilingual teacher preparation to meet local demands for more dual language programs. Modeled after medical residencies, teacher residencies are deeply rooted in clinical training, typically placing residents in classrooms with experienced teachers in high-needs schools where they are supported in their development. Teacher residencies allow for the recruitment of teachers, offer strong clinical preparation, connect new teachers to mentors and provide financial incentives to retain teachers in the school/district of residency. Little is known however, about bilingual teacher residencies in the state. Following a review of various data sources, researchers find that, to date, there are few bilingual teacher residencies offered and that there is a need to expand and study bilingual teacher residencies as one of the most viable pathways to respond to this shortage.

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Bilingual, Multilingual, and Multicultural Education | Education | Educational Assessment, Evaluation, and Research | Teacher Education and Professional Development

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Lavadenz, M., Armas, E. G., & Robles, N. (2019). Bilingual teacher residency programs in California: Considerations for development and expansion [Education and Policy Brief No. 7]. Loyola Marymount University Center for Equity for English Learners. 10.15365/ceel.policy.7

No.7, March 2019: Bilingual Teacher Residency Programs in California: Considerations for Development and Expansion