U.S. Department of Education Awards 42 Grants Totaling $14.8 Million to Support Teacher Training and Improve Classroom Instruction for English Learners

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U.S. Department of Education Awards 42 Grants Totaling $14.8 Million to Support Teacher Training and Improve Classroom Instruction for English Learners

September 13, 2011

The U.S. Department of Education announced today the award of 42 National Professional Development program grants totaling $14.8 million to support professional development activities designed to improve classroom instruction for English Learners (ELs). The grants were made to colleges and universities, in collaboration with state and local school districts, and are awarded to promising programs that will help educational personnel working with ELs to meet high professional standards, including standards for certification and licensure in language instruction educational programs.

"These grants will provide much needed assistance to colleges, universities and their local school partners in helping prepare new teachers and improving their content skills to better serve English Learners.” said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. “Teacher training is very important in our effort to ensure that all English Learners have competent and capable instructors in the classroom.”

“We are particularly delighted that a number of our new grantees will focus on enhancing teachers’ knowledge and skills in science and mathematics,” said Rosalinda B. Barrera, assistant deputy secretary and director of the Office of English Language Acquisition, which administers the grant program. “Students’ achievement and success in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields is critical to the future of our nation, and English Language students, like all students, deserve high-quality STEM instruction.”

The grantees can use the funds to develop or improve programs as well as for financial assistance, and costs related to tuition, fees, and books required to complete the training involved.

A list of National Professional Development program grantees follows:

Claflin University, Orangeburg, S.C., $289,645, Nan Li, (803) 535-5245
The Regents of the Univ. of Colorado, Boulder, Colo., $330,774, Manuel Escamilla, (303) 492-7317
Aims Community College, Greeley, Colo., $283,602, Brenda Rask, (301) 718-5907
Edgewood College, Madison, Wis., $284,688, Jane Belmore, (608) 663-2293
Georgia State Univ. Research Foundation, Atlanta, Ga., $399,041, Diane Truscott, (404) 413-8218
Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas, $396,376, Zenaida Aguirre-Munoz, (806) 742-1997
Pennsylvania State University, Center Valley, Pa., $111,604, Mary Hutchinson, (610) 285-5114
University of North Texas, Denton, Texas, $316,484, Sheryl Santons-Hatchett, (972) 780-3089
Brown University, Providence, R.I., $309,789, Maria F. Pacheo, (401) 867-8948
Brown University, Providence, R.I. $285,680, Maria F. Pacheo, (401) 867-8948
The Board of Trustees of the Univ. of Illinois, Chicago, Ill., $396,881, Aria Razfar, (312) 413-8373
University of Maine System, Orono, Maine, $332,919, Laura Lidenfeld, (207) 581-3850
National Louis University, Chicago, Ill., $323,223, Kristin Lems, (224) 233-2407
Southern Connecticut State Univ., New Haven, Conn., $280,668, Lorrie S. Verplaetse, (203) 392-6759
The College of New Jersey, Ewing, N.J., $399,977, Yiqiang Wu, (609) 771-2808
ABOR/Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Ariz., $233,505, Louise Lockard, (928) 523-8218
University of Colorado Denver, Denver, Colo., $371,219, Kara Mitchell, (303) 315-2156
Univ. of Kansas Ctr. for Research, Lawrence, Kan., $273,162, Francie Christopher, (785) 864-1075
Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, Texas, $393,956, Betty Alford, (936) 468-2908
ABOR/Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Ariz., $399,999, Patricia J. Peterson, (928) 523-4005
The Regents of the University of Colorado, Boulder, Colo., $347,170, John Hoover, (303) 735-2015
Regents of the University of California, Santa Cruz, Calif., $373,654, Patricia Stoddart, (831) 459-3850
Western Oregon University, Monmouth, Ore., $317,733, Maria Dantas-Whitney, (503) 838-8636
Indiana University, Indianapolis, Ind., $374,067, Annela Teemant, (801) 808-6605
The University Corporation, Northridge, Calif., $400,000, Clara Park, (818) 677-2500
The Regents of the Univ. of Colorado, Boulder, Colo., $295,903, Wendy L. Sparrow, (303) 492-7371
The George Washington University, Washington, D.C., $399,985, Amy J. Mazur, (202) 994-1511
University of Hawaii, Honolulu, Hawaii, $361,077, Weol Soon Kim-Rupnow, (808) 956-5712
University of Connecticut, Storrs, Conn., $400,000,, Eliana Rojas, (860) 486-2005
University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, Texas, $348,237, Louis A. Rosado, (817) 272-7567
Curators of the Univ. of Missouri, St. Louis, Mo., $390,759, Kim Song, (314) 516-5924
San Diego State Univ. Research Foundation, San Diego, Calif., $262,746, Karen Cadiero-Caplan, (619) 594-4994
University of Massachusetts Boston, Boston, Mass., $387,158, Donaldo Macedo, (617) 287-5760
Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kan., $399,991, Socorro G. Herrera, (785) 532-3833
Aurora University, Aurora, Ill., $336,092, Dionnes Rivera, (630) 844-4649
University of North Carolina at Wilmington, Wilmington, N.C., $364,676, N.E. Pappamihiel, (910) 962-2746
Pennsylvania State University, Middletown, Pa., $242,560, Denise G. Meister, (717) 948-6539
Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Ill., $305,150, James Cohen, (815) 753-0897
Salisbury University, Salisbury, Md., $400,000, Anjali Pandey, (410) 677-5387
University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, Colo., $355,288, Elizabeth Franklin, (970) 351-1402
Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, Ill., $392,174, Gina Gamboa, (312) 563-7120
Research Foundation for SUNY Fredonia, Fredonia, N.Y. ,$399,991, Barbara Mallette, (716) 673-3528