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Improving Instruction for English-Learners Is Aim of Ed. Dept. Grants

The U.S. Department of Education's office of English-language acquisition is offering up millions in grant funds to colleges working with states and districts to improve classroom instruction for English-language learners.

As part of the National Professional Development program, the office will award up to $23.8 million to grantees working with states and districts to develop training or professional development activities.

According to a release from the education department, the training may include preservice or in-service activities for educators including teachers, administrators, and support staff.  Professional development activities may include teacher education programs and training for staff.

Past grant winners have looked to improve math proficiency for ELLs, find ways to address the shortage of bilingual special education instructors, and enhance the quality of ELL teacher-preparation programs.

Libia Gil, head of the office of English language acquisition, discussed plans to revive the grant program in a March interview with Education Week.

The deadline for submitting an intent-to-apply form is Thursday, Dec. 31. The deadline for submitting applications is Friday, Feb. 19. The education department will host a series of webinars to provide technical assistance to applicants.

"These grants are a smart investment in biliteracy, family and community engagement, and expanding professional development for educators working to meet the needs of English learner students," John King, the soon-to-be acting federal education secretary, said in a statement.

"With this funding, we continue to deliver on our promise of equity, excellence and opportunity in supporting educators, students and families across the country."

  2016 NPD Grant Competition Flyer FINALv2

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