Multilingual Education Program

Webinars and Newsletters

Learn about upcoming sessions, previous presentations and informational newsletters: Multilingual Education Webinars & Newsletters

The Washington State Seal of Biliteracy

Help bilingual students earn credits toward high school graduation and college entrance. Learn more about the Seal of Biliteracy.

Multilingual Education Program

Kristin Percy Calaff, Ph.D.

Executive Director of Multilingual Education

Virginia Morales

Assistant Director, ESD 189 & 121 (King)

Shannon Martin

Supervisor ESD 113, 114 & 121 (Pierce)

Katie Sperling

Supervisor ESD 101 & 171

Lindsey Maehlum

Supervisor ESD 105, 112 & 123

The Washington State Multilingual Education Program oversees and guides districts serving multilingual English learners with implementation of Transitional Bilingual Instruction Programs (TBIP). These programs are designed to address the unique needs of eligible students who come from linguistically and culturally diverse backgrounds.

Transitional Bilingual Instruction Program Guidance

Multilingual education programs across Washington State are guided by state and federal statutes. The Transitional Bilingual Instruction Program (TBIP) Guidance page provides guidance on state approved program models, relevant legal requirements, and guidelines for districts serving multilingual English learners.

WIDA Standards, Assessments & Professional Learning

Washington is part of the 41-state WIDA Consortium that promotes educational equity for multilingual learners through language development standards, assessments, and high-quality professional learning for P-12 educators. The WIDA page provides resources and links to WIDA professional learning opportunities.

Dual Language Education & Resources

Dual language is the priority model for serving multilingual learners in Washington State. In Superintendent Reykdal’s vision, all students will have the opportunity to become proficient in two languages through dual language education by 2030. This page provides resources for designing, initiating, and implementing a comprehensive K-12 dual language program.

Title III Services

Federal Title III, Part A, funds provide additional support for multilingual learners as well as services for American Indian/Alaska Native students and for multilingual/English learners in private schools. This page provides additional guidance and tools for these programs.

Family Communication Templates

This page includes templates to support districts in communicating with parents and families of multilingual learners and American Indian/Alaska Native students regarding identification, placement, and assessment for TBIP and Title III programs.

Multilingual Education Webinars & Newsletters

This page provides information on upcoming sessions, resources from previous webinars and meetings, and archived newsletters with program updates and information.