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$120 Million to Support ELL Educators


The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of English Language Acquisition (OELA) recently announced awards of nearly $120 million over five years under the National Professional Development Program (NPD) to support educators of multilingual learners.

The NPD program provides grants to eligible Institutions of Higher Education and public or private entities with relevant experience and capacity, in consortia with states or districts, to implement professional development activities that will improve instruction for English Learners (ELs). These grants align with Secretary Cardona’s plan to address opportunity and achievement gaps by investing in, recruiting, and supporting the professional development of a diverse educator workforce, including bilingual educators.

“I grew up speaking Spanish at home and thrived as an English learner in school thanks to great teachers who helped me realize that my bilingualism and my biculturalism would someday be my superpower,” said U.S. secretary of education Miguel Cardona. “As our nation grows more diverse than ever before, we must level up our investments in educators who can provide students from all backgrounds with equitable opportunities to succeed. This $120 million, five-year investment will support high quality professional development and teacher preparation programs across the country. It will also help us grow a pipeline of diverse and talented educators who can help more English learners realize their own bilingual and multilingual superpowers.” 

These grants can be awarded to educators of ELs including teachers, administrators, paraprofessionals or other educators working with ELs. Professional development activities may include teacher education programs and training that lead to certification, licensing, or endorsement for providing instruction to students learning English.

Educator effectiveness is the most important in-school factor affecting student achievement and success. To improve the academic achievement of ELs, the NPD program supports pre-service and in-service instruction for teachers and other staff, including school leaders, working with ELs. Selected applicants submitted proposals to improve access to culturally and linguistically responsive early learning environments for multilingual learners and that increase public awareness about the benefits of proficiency in more than one language.

“The NPD grants support the professional growth of the education workforce by promoting the skills and critical dispositions of educators and leaders. These grants can enhance the capacity of the education workforce to create equitable learning environments that promote language, literacy and diversity. This work is vital to increase educator effectiveness in meeting the needs of English learners and their families,” said OELA acting director Montserrat Garibay.

The NPD program has funded a range of grantees that are currently implementing 182 projects across the country, including the most recent grantees. As the EL population continues to grow, it has become increasingly important to identify and expand the use of evidence-based instructional practices that improve EL learning outcomes.

The Department projects this new cohort of 44 grants (see below) will serve approximately 1,638 pre-service and 6,271 in-service teachers.

NameStateTotal Granted Over 5 Years
The University of Alabama in HuntsvilleAL$2,799,244
University of Alabama at BirminghamAL$2,985,871
University of Arkansas SystemAR$2,955,256
San Diego State University FoundationCA$2,947,479
The Regents of the University of California, Los AngelesCA$2,944,015
California State University San Marcos CorporationCA$3,000,000
California State University, Dominguez Hills FoundationCA$2,571,938
The Regents of the University of ColoradoCO$2,822,251
University of DelawareDE$2,666,354
University of South FloridaFL$2,061,703
The Florida International University Board of TrusteesFL$2,503,029
The University of Central Florida Board of TrusteesFL$2,603,976
Florida Atlantic UniversityFL$1,788,835
University of Northern IowaIA$1,489,701
Trustees of Indiana UniversityIN$2,999,075
Kansas State UniversityKS$2,940,478
University of Kansas Center for Research, Inc.KS$2,290,405
University of Massachusetts BostonMA$2,946,798
Lasell UniversityMA$2,504,012
Trustees of Boston UniversityMA$2,868,044
National Association for Bilingual EducationMD$2,965,801
Grand Valley State UniversityMI$2,705,208
Western Michigan UniversityMI$2,969,991
Wayne State UniversityMI$2,289,939
Southeast Service CooperativeMN$2,716,643
William Paterson University of New JerseyNJ$2,863,634
The College of New JerseyNJ$2,998,231
Board of Regents, NSHE obo Nevada State CollegeNV$2,004,285
University of CincinnatiOH$2,963,816
University of OregonOR$2,992,611
Western Oregon UniversityOR$2,989,591
Temple University – Of The Commonwealth System of Higher EduPA$2,998,194
Cabrini UniversityPA$2,981,534
Clemson UniversitySC$2,332,682
BakerRipleyTX$3,000,000
The University of Texas at El PasoTX$2,831,807
Region 18 Education Service CenterTX$2,812,771
Texas A&M UniversityTX$3,000,000
Stephen F. Austin State UniversityTX$2,530,139
University Of North Texas at DallasTX$2,761,155
Weber State UniversityUT$2,787,029
Western Washington UniversityWA$2,588,559
University of WashingtonWA$2,995,811
Board of Regents of UW-System on behalf of UW-MilwaukeeWI$2,870,290
Total $119,638,185
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