TELL Training Program: Hispanic initiative meets minority need in Cobb County

Kennesaw State University‚ in conjunction with the Cobb County School District‚ has…

Georgia (Mar 3, 2003) — TELL Training Program: Hispanic initiative meets minority need in Cobb County

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Abstract

Kennesaw State University‚ in conjunction with the Cobb County School District‚ has been awarded a federal grant that will provide more than $800‚000 in training to Cobb County teachers. This grant will fund the TELL (Teaching English Language Learners) Training Program‚ an effort to train mainstream teachers to more effectively work with students who are English language learners. A total of 2‚100 teachers will receive this critically needed training.



The TELL program provides strategies teachers can use to develop academic content and help students with language development. The program seeks to enroll skilled teachers who are most familiar with the culture and needs of their own schools and exhibit a strong commitment to helping students catch up academically while overcoming language difficulties. Teachers who complete the TELL Training Program are asked to customize what they learn to fit their own schools‚ serve as mentors to other teachers and spread the practices they learn.



Training begins Aug. 19‚ 2003‚ and continues through 2005. Each semester‚ 20 teachers will receive intensive training. Those teachers will return to their own schools to train 20 additional teachers through mentoring and workshops. In all‚ 100 teachers will receive intensive training‚ and an additional 2‚000 teachers will receive mentoring and workshops. The TELL Training Program offers training to teachers both onsite and online.



In Cobb County and nationwide‚ the majority of English language learning students are Hispanic. The TELL Training Program was created collaboratively by Dr. Evelyne Barker‚ supervisor of foreign language and ESOL with the Cobb County School District‚ and Dr. Judy Holzman‚ professor of Spanish with KSU's foreign language department.



For more information‚ contact Sherie Fuchko‚ project director‚ at 404−403−1368 or sfuchko@kennesaw.edu.



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Kennesaw State University is a comprehensive‚ residential institution with a growing student population of 15‚600 from 118 countries. The fifth largest out of 34 institutions in the University System of Georgia‚ KSU offers 55 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.



 

A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers more than 150 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its more than 41,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia and the second-largest university in the state. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the region and from 126 countries across the globe. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu

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