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$2.4 Million Grant Award to the COE!

I am pleased to announce that the College of Education has been awarded a $2.4 million grant by the US Department of Education.

Roosevelt University’s Dual Language Teacher Leadership Project will provide significant tuition stipends to select cadres of teachers of English Language Learners from five partner school districts that will enroll in our innovative MA degree program in Dual Language Teacher Leadership (DLTL). The partner school districts are Chicago Public Schools and School Districts 4 (Addison), 7 (Wood Dale), 54 (Schaumburg) and 59 (Arlington Heights).

The activities supported by the grant will take place over the next five years. The grant will enable Roosevelt to offer the DLTL MA program in both Chicago and Schaumburg; it also will give us the opportunity to obtain strong evidence that our DLTL program significantly impacts the instructional effectiveness of the teachers who enroll in it.

Other important features of the grant include the creation of Saturday Spanish Schools for parents and families of English Language Learners and bi-annual symposiums for Chicagoland teachers and school administrators.

Roosevelt’s proposal for a National Professional Development grant award was one of 269 submitted. Only 42 proposals, or 15.6%, were awarded. 

The 42 National Professional Development grantees will receive a total of $22 million across 23 states and will provide services benefitting 9,731 in-service teachers and 1,796 pre-service teachers.   

Our success was the result of the leadership of Dr. Erin Mackinney, Assistant Professor of ESL/Bilingual Education, and Dr. Tammy Oberg de la Garza, Director of the Dual Language Teacher Leadership Program. Other key contributors were John McDougall (Director of Assessment and Grants), Mike Maly (Associate Provost for Research), Deidra Somerville (Director of Research & Sponsored Programs) and Jerry Szewczyk (Senior Accountant). Provost Lois Becker and Chief Financial Officer Tangella Maddox also provided critical support, as did former RU associate professor Alyson Lavigne. Importantly, our evaluation partner, American Institutes for Research, played a critical role in developing and writing our evaluation plan, and superintendents and administrators from our partner school districts provided vital letters of support.  It truly was an outstanding team effort.

More details about the grant and how to apply to participate in it will be available soon.  Until then, please join me in congratulating our grant team on their success.  This project is going to move our college to the forefront of dual language education in Illinois and nationally.

Tom Philion • December 7, 2017

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