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$2.7M Grant To Benefit Graduate Students At College of New Rochelle

The College of New Rochelle has been awarded a $2.7 million federal grant to provide advanced education to teachers of English language learners.
The College of New Rochelle has been awarded a $2.7 million federal grant to provide advanced education to teachers of English language learners. Photo Credit: CNR

Body text: NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. – The College of New Rochelle has received a $2.7 million federal grand that will provide full tuition for 50 graduate students annually for the next five years, according to a statement from the school.

The National Professional Development grant, awarded by the U.S. Department of Education, will fund a New Rochelle College program designed to address a critical need for advanced education for teachers of English language learners (ELLs) through graduate-level teacher certificate programs, according to the college.

The program, Rigor for the Education of Successful ELLs through their Teachers (RESET), is to be open to students for the spring 2017 semester, according to the college, which said the program is the only private program in the state to receive the grant.

“School districts throughout the country are struggling to meet the growing need for certified teachers of ELLs, a need that is particularly acute in the New York area,” said David Donnelly, dean of the college’s Graduate School. “RESET will create pathways for teachers in New York State to advance best practices in educating English language learners and is reflective of The College of New Rochelle’s overall commitment to provide innovative educational programming that is responsive to the changing needs of our region.”

RESET will be made available to teachers from educational agencies and school districts with significant populations of ELLs and limited numbers of skilled faculty to serve them, according to the college, which said that partnership agreements have already been signed with the Southern Westchester Board of Cooperative Educational Services (SWBOCES), the Ossining school district and Yonkers public schools.

“This is a major initiative to meet the growing demand for teachers who are certified to educate ELLs in the region,” said RESET Program Director Estee Lopez. “Our goal is to build a greater capacity of skilled educators in the school system. It is an ambitious grant and one that is extraordinarily needed.”

The $2.7 million brings the total federal and state funding received by the college in the past two years to more than $20 million, according to the school.

For more information about the RESET program, call 914-654-5412.

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