Japanese, Russian education programs get federal boost 

Japanese and Russian language heritage learners got a boost in curriculum development last week by the U.S. Department of Education with a $1.5 million.

The San Francisco Unified School District was awarded a five-year grant to develop curriculum, student assessment and teacher development in Russian and Japanese heritage. The grant will provide the district $300,000 each year.

The district will partner with Stanford, San Francisco State University, the University of California, Los Angeles, and the University of Oregon to develop programs and ways to assess students, according to district officials.

There are 20 immersion programs, 30 biliteracy programs, 12 newcomer, 5 foreign language in elementary school and 21 secondary world language programs in 12 languages in SFUSD.

The 2010-11 school year will be a planning year, according to district officials. Heritage programs will begin at existing Japanese and Russian elementary school sites.

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