B.E.C.O.M.E. Project

Anaheim Union High School District, Anaheim Elementary School District, Westminster School District, California State University, Fullerton, and National Resource Center for Asian Languages (NRCAL) formed a partnership, BECOME (Biliterate, Equitable, Communicative, Observant and Multicultural, Educators) Project, applied for and was selected as one of eight applicants in California for the CDE Bilingual Teacher Professional Development Program (BTPDP) $625,000 grant. This partnership came together based on common but unique local and regional contexts to Orange County (OC) to fill the need for an increased biliterate and multicultural teacher workforce. The three districts serve nearly 60,000 students with approximately 14,000 English Learners and each have successful Dual Language Immersion programs. Over 70% of each district’s populations in the cities of Anaheim, Buena Park, Cypress, La Palma, Stanton, Westminster, Midway City, Garden Grove and Huntington Beach qualify for free and reduced priced lunches, an approximate measure for being socio-economically disadvantaged (SED). This population faces both economic and social obstacles that often limit their ability to achieve educationally. As such, it is critical that we produce a biliterate and multicultural teacher workforce that meets the needs of a culturally and linguistic diverse student population and needs of the dual language immersion programs, missions of the BECOME project. The three districts have DLI programs in Korean, Spanish and Vietnamese. The BECOME Project focuses on increasing teaching proficiency in these three languages. By June 2020 a total of 252 educators (classified and certificated) will be served by the BECOME Project.

For more information on the BECOME Project, you can contact the grant's principal investigator, Dr. Renae Bryant at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.