College of Education awarded $1.34 million grant to improve instruction for limited English proficient students

Grant from the Department of Education's Office of English Language Acquisition will support College of Education's ESOL endorsement program and assist partner school districts in Forest Grove, Eugene and Woodburn.

The U.S. Department of Education has awarded Pacific University's College of Education a National Professional Development Grant of $1.34 million over five years to improve STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) education instruction for limited English proficient (LEP) students.

College of Education dean Mark Ankeny said the majority of the grant funds will provide tuition for STEM-related pre-service and in-service teachers to earn the English-to-Speakers-of-Other-Languages (ESOL) endorsement at Pacific.

"This generous grant will enhance our Master of Arts in Teaching program and allow our students and faculty to help pre and in-service teachers at our partner school districts become more competent in teaching ESOL students," Ankeny added.

The College of Education currently partners with the Bethel School District in Eugene, Woodburn School District and the Forest Grove School District.

The goals and objectives of "ESOL for STEM Educators" are to

The project will be led by associate professor Catherine Kim in Forest Grove, professor Kevin Carr in Woodburn and assistant professor Karren Timmermans in Eugene. The three co-authored the grant request, which underwent a rigorous review process and received all of the requested funding totaling $1,342,485 over five years.

The National Professional Development program is administered by the Department of Education's Office of English Language Acquisition. To date, the OELA has awarded more than $24 million for professional development activities intended to improve instruction for limited English proficient (LEP) students and assist education personnel working with such children to meet high professional standards. 

Pacific University is the only private institution in Oregon, and just one of three in the state, to receive the grant (Portland State University, Western Oregon University).

The complete list of grantees can be accessed here.

Posted by Joe Lang ( on Apr 25, 2012 at 5:24 PM

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