L.A. Unified Partners with Universities in Two Major Federal Grants To Support Educators of English Learner Students

 

LOS ANGELES (Sept. 26, 2016) - L.A. Unified will partner with two California universities in separate federal grants that result in $2 million to expand specialized training to teachers and instructional coaches who provide instruction to the District’s English Learners.

The District’s Multilingual and Multicultural Education Department will oversee the implementation of the grants, which were awarded Sept. 21 to Loyola Marymount University and the University of California at Davis, in partnership with L.A. Unified.

Over the next five years, Loyola Marymount will provide professional development for 84 teachers at select schools with large populations of English Learners in transitional kindergarten through third grade. Loyola Marymount will conduct research to support continuous improvement of the program to develop a replicable model for English Learner early literacy programs.

UC-Davis will provide professional learning opportunities for 50 additional teachers and 25 instructional coaches as they work to develop the academic language and literacy of English Learners.

“These partnerships with LMU and UC-Davis support the District’s commitment to our English Learners and our ongoing work to prepare them for college and careers,” said Superintendent Michelle King.

“We are delighted and excited to be a co-recipient of these grants,” said Hilda Maldonado, executive director of Multilingual and Multicultural Education. “By investing in our teachers, we can expand our efforts to improve outcomes for our youngest English Learners for years to come."

Funding for L.A. Unified is part of $22 million in grants awarded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of English Language Acquisition to school district’s nationwide.

L.A. Unified has approximately 160,000 English Learners, more than 90 percent of whom speak Spanish as their first language. The Multilingual and Multicultural Education Department provides professional development and instruction through a variety of programs to improve the students’ skills in literacy and language.

“These grants are a smart investment in bi-literacy, early learning, family and community engagement, and expanding professional development for educators working to meet the needs of English Learner students,” said U.S. Education Secretary John B. King Jr. “With this funding, we continue to deliver on our promise of equity, excellence and opportunity supporting educators, students and families across the country.”

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