Since the passage of Proposition 58, California has been on the move regarding multilingualism, global citizenry, and 21st-century learning experiences. Proposition 58 converted to the Education for a Global Economy (EdGE) initiative, which enabled localities to decide the degree to which they would include instruction in students’ native languages, how and how many dual immersion programs they would foster, and how to prepare the digital native generation to grow up prepared to compete and collaborate in a 21st-century economy.
Former State Superintendent Tom Torlakson, before he retired from office, proposed the Global California 2030 initiative.
“The mission of Global California 2030 is to equip our students with the world language skills to succeed in the global economy and to fully engage with the diverse mixture of cultures and languages found in California and throughout the world,” Torlakson said. “We are setting high goals and dreaming big to help our students and our state.”Tom Torlakson, Former State Superintendent of California Schools
The goals would encompass four ambitious calls to action, listed below.
- By 2030, half of all K–12 students participate in programs leading to proficiency in two or more languages, either through a class, a program, or an experience.
- The number of students who receive the State Seal of Biliteracy, which is nationally recognized for college admissions and career opportunities, more than triples from 46,952 in 2017 to more than 150,000 in 2030. By 2040, three out of four graduating seniors earn the Seal of Biliteracy. The Seal is earned by demonstrating proficiency in a language in addition to English.
- The number of dual immersion programs that teach languages besides English quadruples from about 400 in 2017 to 1,600 in 2030.
- The number of new bilingual teachers authorized in world language classes more than doubles from 2017 to 2030.
GEE is prepared to meet this challenge and support schools and classrooms to prepare all students to be college and career ready in a global economy today. See Global Classroom for more information about collaborating internationally in your classroom or school.