– The U.S. Department of Education and the Office of English Language
Acquisition have awarded two University of Texas at Arlington bilingual
education professors nearly $1.9 million to improve preparation for teachers
who serve English learners.
Rosado, director of the College of Education and Health Professions Center for
Bilingual Education, along with Carla Amaro-Jiménez, assistant professor of bilingual/ESL education,
worked to obtain the grant.
Gerlach, dean of the UT Arlington College of Education and Health Professions,
said the funds will strengthen the University’s expertise in a critical area of
education research and instruction.
bilingual program is recognized as one of the best in the state and in the
nation,” Gerlach said. “This grant is significant as it helps support our efforts
to engage teachers and students through language immersion programs.”
faculty team will conduct a five-year study to identify the impact of programs
they have developed in the areas of second language acquisition program and science,
technology, engineering, and math initiatives.
said the study will help produce better-prepared teachers to serve the needs of
the increasing number of linguistically diverse children and their families.
STEM initiatives will provide in-service teachers with the content area
expertise and the Spanish academic vocabulary to deliver instruction at the
same level of complexity in both Spanish and English,” he said.
component of the study will focus on college dropout prevention. To accomplish
the goal, the program will hire 20 college mentors specializing in STEM disciplines
to offer guidance and academic support to the younger students.
said the program will provide minority and high school students with
opportunities to talk to young college students who faced the same challenges
that they are currently facing. Moreover, college students can share their
expertise and motivate them to degree completion and enrollment in higher
a program like this, we can minimize the graduation and college attendance gap
that exists between minorities and non minority students,” Rosado added.
noted that the instruction will pose no financial burden on the teachers’ local
preparation will be held in academies or workshops that are free of charge over
the course of the grant period,” she said. “The teachers will, in return, act
as trainers in their schools and districts.”
project includes partnerships with the Arlington, Fort Worth, Grand Prairie,
and Mansfield public school districts, the Dallas County Community College
District, and Tarrant County College.
more information about the project, contact Dr. Luis Rosado at 817-272-7567 or
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