This National Professional Development Grant project, titled Strengthening Equity and Excellence for Teachers of English Learners (SEE-TEL) is funded by the Department of Education’s Office of English Language Acquisition and is a joint project of the University of Missouri-St. Louis and the University of Missouri-Columbia.
Over $2.6 million will allow SEE-TEL to more effectively prepare hundreds of in-service teachers, administrators, teacher education faculty, and parents to be responsive to linguistically and culturally diverse K-12 learners. The grant activities will emphasize equity and civil rights for immigrant and refugee children from across the highest-need areas of Missouri, a state that is often passed over for seeming monolingual (but it’s not!).
This work is critical to help Missouri meet increasingly complex needs facing our schools in urban, suburban, and rural areas. Most significant, SEE-TEL will offer seven online TESOL courses and certification to a select group of 50 teachers from four school districts: Bayless (St. Louis area), Carthage (near Joplin), Kansas City Public Schools, and Columbia Public Schools. In addition, SEE-TEL will arrange intensive summer institutes to 120 educators and school leaders from these districts and beyond; training for university faculty members; and partnerships and literacy activities with 160 family members over the five-year grant project. A program evaluation, led by Dr. Lisa Dorner of the University of Missouri-Columbia and Dr. Christine Li-Grining of Loyola University-Chicago, will study the long-term impact of the professional development activities on participants and students.