Recruiting Washington Teachers – Bilingual Educators Initiative (RWT-BEI) is a high school teacher academy program to recruit, prepare, and mentor bilingual students to become future bilingual educators in the state of Washington.
The mission of RWT is to create a teaching workforce more reflective of Washington State’s students while diminishing the teacher shortage, and increasing educational opportunities for historically underserved students. RWT-BEI focuses on the same mission, while also developing bilingual teachers and counselors, creating resources for supporting teacher academies with a bilingual focus, and incorporating the Seal of Biliteracy into teacher academy work. RWT-BEI program sites use the RWT curriculum, which emphasizes the importance of cultural identity and equity in the profession of teaching. Program sites also use the RWT student program code (45) in the data management system, CEDARS.