Transitional Bilingual Instruction Program Guidance

Multilingual Education Program

Kristin Percy Calaff, Ph.D.

Director of Multilingual Education

Virginia Morales

Supervisor ESD 121 & 189

Shannon Martin

Supervisor ESD 112, 113 & 114

Katie Sperling

Supervisor ESD 101 & 171

Sue Connolly

Supervisor ESD 105, 123 & Charter Schools

Washington State serves approximately 140,000 students identified as multilingual English learners. Districts implement transitional bilingual instruction programs, also referred to as English language development programs. These programs are guided by both state and federal laws and policies, sound educational theory, and effective, culturally responsive instructional practices.

Information for families can be found at Learning English in Washington Schools: What Families Should Know.

Washington State Policies & Practices Guide

The following documents provide guidance on required policies and practices for all TBIP programs.

Language Learning Regional Networks

Language Learning Regional Networks (LLRNs) are professional learning communities of school and district language educators and leaders in each Educational Service District (ESD) who meet regularly to engage in professional learning, collaboration, and program improvement planning.


LLRN Schedule & Registration

Region Program Supervisor: Shannon Martin

Region Program Supervisor: Sue Connolly & Lindsey Maehlum

Region Program Supervisor: Katie Sperling

Region Program Supervisor: Virginia Morales

Resources & Toolkits

The following resources can support districts in implementing effective, high-quality, transitional bilingual instruction programs.

Annual Reports to the Legislature

In state law, TBIP is a program within Washington's Basic Education Act - Chapter 28A.180 RCW. OSPI provides an annual report to the legislature on the Transitional Bilingual Instruction Program as required by RCW 28A.180.020.

Previous legislative reports can be found on the OSPI Reports to the Legislature page.

Professional Organizations & Networks

These professional organizations and networks are intended to advance the educational opportunities of multilingual learners.


List of Professional Organizations and Networks

Center for Applied Linguistics
The Center for Applied Linguistics is a private, nonprofit organization promoting access, equity and mutual understanding for linguistically and culturally diverse people around the world.

Colorín Colorado
A non-profit organization with information, activities, and advice for educators and families of English language learners.

Education Northwest
Chartered in 1966 as Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory, Education Northwest now conducts nearly 200 projects annually, working with schools, districts, and communities across the country on comprehensive, research-based solutions to the challenges they face.

NABE: National Association for Bilingual Education
National Association for Bilingual Education (NABE) [is] a non-profit membership organization…NABE’s priorities include: Improving instructional practices for linguistically and culturally diverse children; providing bilingual educators with more high-quality professional development opportunities.

TESOL: Teachers of English to Students of Other Languages
International professional organization for teachers of English with diverse on-line resources.

Understanding Language
Understanding Language aims to heighten educator awareness of the critical role that language plays in the new Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards.

WABE: Washington Association for Bilingual Education
The Washington Association for Bilingual Education promotes bilingual/multicultural education throughout the state of Washington in every possible way, at all educational and legislative levels, and among all groups.

WAESOL: Washington Association of Teachers to Speakers of Other Languages
WAESOL, the Washington state affiliate of Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), is a professional, non-profit organization whose purposes are to: promote scholarship, disseminate information related to ESL, strengthen at all levels of instruction and research in TESOL and dialects, cooperate in appropriate ways with other groups sharing similar concerns, serve members of the ESL community in the state of Washington.