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Education Department Awards $24.4 Million for 73 Grants to Promising Teacher Training Programs to Improve Classroom Instruction for English Learners

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The U.S. Department of Education today announced the award of nearly $24.4 million for 73 grants to improve instruction for English learners. Located in 28 states and the District of Columbia, the grants support a variety of professional development activities for teachers and other educational personnel who work in in elementary and secondary school classrooms with English learners.

Grants are awarded to institutions of higher education that partner with one or more local school districts or state education agencies. All grants are for five years in duration with the exception of the grant to Columbia University's Teachers' College, which is a three-year grant. The majority of these grants include professional development for science and math teachers of English learners.

"These funds will help upgrade the content and instructional skills of new and veteran teachers working with English learners, as well provide career ladder programs for paraprofessionals," said Rosalinda B. Barrera, assistant deputy secretary and Director of the Office of English Language Acquisition. "It's critical for our English learners to have access to high-quality instruction in all subjects that will prepare them for success in college, the workplace and our global economy."

Following is a list of the 2012 National Professional Development grantees, by state, with contact names and addresses for more information about individual projects.