UNC Receives $1.8 Million Grant from Department of Education

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The University of Northern Colorado has been awarded a grant expected to total $1,804,412 over five years from the U.S. Department of Education for a national professional development program aimed at improving instruction for students with limited English proficiency and for providing resources to educators who work with them. Anticipated funding will cover 100 percent of the total project costs.

UNC will partner with Archuleta Elementary School (Denver Public Schools), Dunn Elementary School (Poudre School District), and Centennial and Dos Rios elementary schools (Greeley-Evans Weld County School District 6) on the project, called The Mathematics and Science Teaching (MAST) for English Learners (EL).

The program will prepare pre-service elementary teachers to deliver high-quality mathematics and science instruction to K-5 English learners in Colorado schools.

Specifically, the grant will provide resources for UNC and its partners to:

  • Prepare and graduate a cohort of 30 MAST-EL Scholars (UNC Elementary Education and English-as-a-Second Language dual-endorsed majors) to effectively teach mathematics and science to K-5 ELs and support them through their first year of teaching;
  • Engage and mentor 32 MAST-EL classroom teachers in how to effectively teach mathematics and science to ELs;
  • Develop long-term relationships with administrators and teachers at four partner schools where exemplary mathematics and science teaching for ELs is modeled and researched;
  • Increase K-5 EL (1,016 students) achievement in mathematics and science as a result of the implementation of culturally and linguistically responsive teaching and assessment practices.

The proposal was developed by UNC collaborators Elizabeth Franklin (Hispanic Studies), Lori Reinsvold (Mathematics and Science Teaching Institute), Jenni Harding-Dekam (Teacher Education), Youngjin Song (Chemistry and Biochemistry) and Teresa Higgins (Biological Sciences).

For more information, visit http://mast.unco.edu/programs/mastel

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