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PARTNER ON PROJECT TEACH – Livingston Parish is one of Southeastern Louisiana
University’s school system partners in Project Teach, a five-year program
to improve and increase the number of teachers qualified to work with students
who speak limited English. The project is funded by a $1.2 million federal
grant from the U.S. Department of Education. Shown at the signing of the
partnership agreement are, from left, front, Carolyn Higginbotham, Livingston
Parish School Board director of Federal Programs; Paulette Foster, Livingston
Parish School Board supervisor of Secondary Curriculum and ESL; Warren
Curtis, Livingston Parish School Superintendent; Rossana Boyd, director
of Project Teach and Southeastern coordinator of ESL Add-on Teacher Certification;
Emily Bond, director of Southeastern Sponsored Research and Grants; back,
Martha Thornhill, interim dean, Southeastern College of Education and Human
Development; Gerald Guidroz, Southeastern dean of Continuing Education;
Livingston Parish ESL teachers Erin Arnold and Lorin Caruso; and Livingston
Parish supervisors of Instruction Mike Harris and Tommy Cothern.
TANGIPAHOA PARISH PARTNER ON PROJECT TEACH – Tangipahoa Parish is
one of Southeastern Louisiana University’s school system partners in Project
Teach, a five-year program to improve and increase the number of teachers
qualified to work with students who speak limited English. The project
is funded by a $1.2 million federal grant from the U.S. Department of Education.
Shown at the signing of the partnership agreement are, from left, front,
Rossana Boyd, director of Project Teach and Southeastern coordinator of
ESL Add-on Teacher Certification; Andy Anderson, Tangipahoa Parish coordinator
of Migrant Education; and Emily Bond, director of Southeastern Sponsored
Research and Grants; back, Bill Neal, assistant dean of Southeastern College
of Education and Human Development; and Gerald Guidroz, Southeastern dean
of Continuing Education.
TEACH COORDINATOR – Earline Clause Buckley, second from right, a veteran
English as a Second Language and language educator, has joined the Southeastern
Louisiana University staff as coordinator of Project Teach, a five-year,
federally-funded program to increase the number of ESL teachers in four
southeast Louisiana parishes. Welcoming Buckley are, from left, College
of Education and Human Development Assistant Dean Bill Neal, Interim Dean
Martha Thornhill, and Project Teach Director Rossana Boyd, coordinator
of Southeastern’s ESL and Internet Alternative Certification programs.
TANGIPAHOA JOINS PROJECT TEACH PARTNERSHIP; PROGRAM
HAMMOND -- Southeastern Louisiana
University has added Tangiphoa Parish to its list of partners for Project
Teach, a five-year, $1.2 million federal grant designed to improve and
increase the number of English as a Second Language (ESL) teachers.
Tangipahoa Parish joins previously
announced Project Teach partners Livingston, East Baton Rouge and Lafayette
parishes, said Project Teach Director Rossana Boyd, coordinator of the
ESL and Internet Alternative Certification programs in Southeastern’s College
of Education and Human Development.
Boyd said during each of the
U.S. Department of Education grant’s five years participating teachers
in the four parishes will receive two days of ESL training in the fall
with follow-up sessions in the spring. The teachers will be networked online
to keep them informed about ESL issues and resources.
Also each year, 90 pre-service
and in-service teachers will complete the four Southeastern Internet courses
(12 credit hours) leading to ESL add-on certification, and 10 master teachers
will be given the option to either earn the add-on certification or complete
12 credit hours toward a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction
with ESL emphasis.
will receive stipends ranging from $200 to $1,600 for tuition, fees, textbooks,
software and ESL instructional material. The grant will also pay for teachers’
substitutes when training sessions take them away from the classroom.
In Tangipahoa Parish, four certified
teachers, one paraprofessional and two master teachers will seek ESL add-on
certification, Boyd said. Each year, 15 teachers will receive ESL
Participating schools are Tangipahoa
Parish's Independence Elementary, Independence
Middle School, Independence High School, Midway Elementary, Natalbany
Elementary and Nesom Middle School.
“There is a growing need for
more emphasis on ESL services,” said Tangipahoa Parish Schools Superintendent
Virgil Allen. Limited English proficient (LEP) students, he said, “need
these additional services to be successful.”
Boyd said Project Teach initially
will impact 600 teachers and 1,000 LEP students. Tangipahoa Parish identified
40 LEP students in 2001-2002.
Veteran ESL educator Earline
Clause Buckley has joined the Southeastern staff as Project Teach coordinator.
Buckley has taught ESL, French,
Spanish and religion at Academy of the Sacred Heart in Grand Coteau since
1986. She has been involved with LEP students for more than three decades
since she organized and taught the first ESL classes for Cuban refugees
in Belle Glade, Fla., in 1969.
Buckley has a bachelor’s degree
in French from Nicholls State University and a master’s degree and ESL
certification from the University of Southwestern Louisiana. She also has
attended numerous language institutes and special programs in France and
Since most school systems mainstream
LEP students, Project Teach will be invaluable to those students’ teachers,
“Project Teach gives teachers
an opportunity to be trained in ESL techniques and to share that training
with their colleagues,” she said.
“The Internet delivery of the
courses,” Buckley added, “is a terrific way to use the newest technology
to give teachers access to university training.”
Southeastern is the only Louisiana
university, and one of only a handful nationwide, that offers add-on ESL
certification entirely on the Internet.
The grant program “will appeal
to a broad base of teachers who have tremendous sensitivity to the needs
of LEP students and a great curiosity about how to make our multi-cultural
society a reality as far as democracy is concerned,” Buckley said.
For additional information about
Project Teacher or ESL add-on certification, contact Boyd at (985)549-5736,
email@example.com or SLU 10671, Hammond, LA 70402. Information is also available
online at www.selu.edu/Academics/