The University of Rochester Warner School of Education has received $1.95 million from the U.S. Department of Education for a project to provide instruction to English language learners, university officials announced Monday.
The program, funded through the education department’s office of English language acquisition, will last five years and provide English language learners with instruction across academic subjects and prepare them for success after high school, UR officials said. New York is home to a rapidly growing population of these students.
The Warner School will serve the nearly 6,000 ELLs in the greater Rochester area and support them in meeting high academic standards, UR officials said.
The grant will fund a new project, Western New York Collaboration for ELL Success, which will have the Warner School collaborate with local partners.
“This grant will enhance our graduate programs across the board by helping teachers, counselors and administrators to support this growing student population and it will allow our students and faculty, as well as educational professionals locally, to respond to the needs of English learner communities,” said Mary Jane Curry, director of the Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages teacher education program at Warner.
The project will support scholarships for new and veteran teachers to earn TESOL certification, develop curriculum particularly for refugee ELLs and professional development activities intended to improve instruction for students learning English and assist education personnel serving ELLs.
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