Woodring Educator WOODRING COLLEGE OF EDUCATION W E S T E R N W A S H I N G T O N U N I V E R S I T Y $1.45 Million CIRCLE Grant Excites Districts and ESL/ELL Programs WoodringCollegeofEducation has been awarded $1.45 million in a fiveyear grant from the U.S. Department ofEducation to prepare educators to work effectively with students with limited English skills, an increasingly urgent need among teachers in this state and nationally. The federal grant will involve a partnership between Western and the Ferndale, Nooksack Valley, Lynden and Mount Baker school districts. U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen announced the award in July. “It’s great news that WesternWashington University’s WoodringCollegeofEducation will have more resources to educate teachers in Whatcom County and across the state so they can do their jobs more effectively. Their work makes our communities stronger,” he said. An ultimate goal of the Curriculum Integration for Responsive, Crosscultural, Language-based Education (CIRCLE) program is that all graduates ofWoodringCollegeofEducation are prepared to work effectively with students with limited English skills. Training to work effectively with students with limited English will be incorporated into relevant Woodring curriculum and course work. “Through this grant, we will strengthen our ability to prepare teachers who support the learning of all students. With the changing demographics in our state and nation, it is critical that all teachers have the ability to help English language learners succeed academically,” said Stephanie Salzman, Dean ofWoodringCollegeofEducation. CIRCLE instruction will be provided to Woodring teachers in training and via in-service training to a number of teachers and administrators in the school districts that are partners with Woodring in the program. The training will include Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) certification for some participants, and many of the education professionals involved with the program will receive quality training in how to Students in an Intensive English Program class at Western share a chuckle. Courtesy photo provide instruction that accelerates limited English proficient (LEP) and English language learners’ (ELL) acquisition of language, including the acquisition of academic language skills, literacy, and content knowledge. “In recent years, the school districts in Whatcom County have seen an expanding number of limited English proficient students and have been experiencing a strain on filling all their program needs. The CIRCLE partnership will meet both their needs for TESOL qualified teachers as well as Woodring’s commitment to graduate teachers able to work effectively with all diverse learners,” said Catherine Collier, project director and faculty member in the TESOL program at WoodringCollegeofEducation. Trish Skillman, Director of the TESOL program at Woodring, added that this is exactly the help that school districts have been asking for since she arrived at Western. She is excited to finally get a chance to work with them. The 2007-09 state operating budget includes a number of notable Western funding requests including new funding for expanded enrollments for a number of high-demand areas, including three in Woodring – Early Childhood Education; Human Services; and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. This is a way for the legislature to direct a higher level of enrollment funding to specific programs – Early Childhood Education (20 full-time CIRCLE includes a partnership with school districts that need to fill critical teacher and administrator positions with personnel trained to work with diverse LEP and linguistically impacted students from homes where a language other than English is spoken. The districts also will serve as practicum and interaction sites for student teachers. The participating school districts serve populations of Russian, Spanish, Nooksack and Lushootseed speakers. Pat Bieber Holmes, Special Programs Director, Mount Baker School District said, “Mount Baker is excited about being part of this collaborative learning opportunity and grateful for the staff development support it provides our staff. We already have a list of 19 people – teachers, para-professionals and administrators – interested in participation! We very much appreciate working with WWU – as we do with our summer school program, science project, etc. – as we believe it is essential for higher education and public education to work closely together for the benefit of the profession, and ultimately, children.” Woodring Programs Gain State Support students), TESOL (45) – and for conversion of the Human Services program to state support and to increase enrollments in the program (125). Approximately 130 of these students are already present and attending classes on campus in Human Services and TESOL. The additional funding targeted to these programs will fund related faculty positions and programmatic and student support. Source: WWU President’s Report www.wce.wwu.edu Seattle P-I columnist Joel Connelly with WWU President Karen W. Morse. Connelly served as emcee for the 2007 Campus School Reunion (page 11). 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