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March 13, 2008

ISBE DELL e-broadcast 2008.96: NIU Project Success Summer Workshop Opportunity on Effective Practices for Teaching English Language Learners

Dear Educators Serving ELLs: 

This message is from the Division of English Language Learning.

Summer Workshop Opportunity on Effective Practices for Teaching English Language Learners

Project Success, a program in the Department of Literacy Education at Northern Illinois University, is a federally funded program to increase the number of highly qualified teachers and administrators who serve English language learners in school districts in Northern Illinois. The program will provide tuition for 18 hours of course work at NIU leading to the ESL and/or bilingual teacher approval. Additional coursework can be taken to complete requirements for a master’s degree in literacy education at NIU.

Project Success will be conducting its first annual Summer Academy for Teacher Educators on May 19-23, 2008 at Holmes Student Center in DeKalb.  This academy is patterned after the highly successful Project Quill Summer Academy for Teacher Educators.  Attendees receive a stipend for participation in the workshop.

The purpose of the Summer Academy is to provide information to professors, instructors, field supervisors and cooperating teachers on effective practices for teaching English language learners and how to incorporate them into their teacher training courses, supervision, and mentoring.  Workshop sessions are conducted by NIU faculty, Illinois Resource Center consultants and other experts in the field.  Topics of discussion will include various issues in the education of linguistically diverse students such as teaching English as a second language, bilingualism and literacy and problems new teachers experience in educating linguistically diverse students.

If you are interested in participating in the Summer Academy for Teacher Educators or to learn more about Project Success, please contact Mary Beth Van Buer, Project Success Assistant, NIU Literacy Education Office at projectsuccess@niu.edu  or 815-753-9068 for more information. 

Funding of this project was awarded by the U.S. Dept. Of Education’s Office of English Language Acquisition, Language Enhancement and Academic Achievement for Limited English Proficient Students (OELA), Title III of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, National Professional Development Project.

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