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May 26 Webinar at WestEd On Using Stimulus Funds for ELLs

Schools and the Stimulus

WestEd is sponsoring several free webinars about the education goals of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. One of them will feature members of the English Language Learner Working Group, a group of researchers who have made recommendations for how states and school districts can use federal stimulus funds to improve schooling for ELLs.

That webinar will take place on Tuesday, May 26, from 10:30 a.m. to noon Pacific Time. For more details, scroll down to the last event publicized here.

Federal education officials have included one example of how to use stimulus funds for ELLs in a list of possibilities it released to the public. One of the suggested ideas was to use funds appropriated through the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act to offer training and dual certification for teachers of ELLs and students in special education. See "Duncan Spells Out Preferred Uses of Stimulus Aid," written by my colleague Michele McNeil.

Some of the federal stimulus funds going to Massachusetts will be used in local school districts to help teachers obtain training to work with ELLs, according to an April 9 story published in SouthCoastToday.com.

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