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U.S. Department of Education awards $20 million in grants for ELL educator development

September 28, 2017 Compliance

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of English Language Acquisition announced earlier this month the awarding of $20 million in grantsto support and develop educators of English language learners (ELL). The grant was awarded under the National Professional Development Program.

Nearly 10% of public school students during the 2014-15 school year were learning to speak English according to statistics from the National Center for Education Statistics.The vast majority of those speak Spanish as a first language, followed by Arabic, Chinese and Vietnamese.

The National Professional Development program provides grants to institutions of higher education and public or private entities to implement activities that will improve instruction for ELL students. Activities may include preservice or in-service programs for educators, including teachers, administrators, paraprofessionals and others.

“Our English learner students represent an incredible asset for our country, yet they also face unique challenges. We need to keep shining the spotlight on them and building our capacity to better serve and teach them.” said OELA Assistant Deputy Secretary, José Viana, in a news release.

It is estimated that the grants will assist nearly 12,000 preservice and in-service educators.



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