ELL Programs Win Federal i3 Innovation Grants

Several programs that assist English-language learners have won funding through the U.S. Department of Education’s Investing in Innovation grant competition.

A total of 20 winners are sharing $150 million. The i3 competition was a part of the 2009 stimulus package. The program awards local school districts, non profit organizations that partner with schools and consortiums of schools. The program seeks to award grant money to applicants that have a record of achieving gains in student achievement.

Education Week’s Learning the Language blog reported on the news, and highlighted some of the winner that are helping ELL students:

– Texas A&M University won up to $15 million to focus on developing student literacy interventions for kindergarten through third grade Spanish-speaking ELLs. The university is partnering with 25 Texas school districts.

– Jobs for the Future won up to $15 million to implement Early College High School in three school districts with substantial ELL populations–two in South Texas and one in Colorado.

– West Ed won up to $15 million to design a math program to be used to teach children in the early grades. A parent program in Spanish adn English will also be offered to parents. Many of the California school districts working on the project have a large ELL population.

– The Intercultural Development Research Association won up to $3 million to grow its PTA Comunitario program, which emphasizes the importance of college completion for ELLs . The program operates in Texas schools.

– The California Association of Bilingual Education won a grant to create a parent-engagement program targeting Spanish-speaking parents in four California school districts.

– The California League of Middle Schools will follow a group of ELLs from the sixth grade through the 10th grade, while focusing on student and parent engagement.

Related Links:

– “ELL-focused Projects are Big Winners in i3 Competition.” Learning the Language blog. Education Week. 

– Investing in Innovation Fund. 

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