FSU Receives $1.5 million Grant to Train 50 Teachers in TESL

FSU Receives $1.5 million Grant to Train 50 Teachers in TESL

Jan 2, 2018

Framingham State University has been awarded a 5-year, $1.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education that will pay for the training of 50 teachers in the Teaching of English as a Second Language (TESL).

Starting in January, two cohorts of K-12 teachers from the Framingham, Milford and Waltham School Districts will enroll in courses within FSU’s MEd with a concentration in TESL. Each of these communities has a large population of English Language Learner (ELL) students, so it’s imperative that the districts train more teachers who have the skills needed to work with them.

The Program Director of the grant is Dr. Mary-Ann Stadtler-Chester, Chair and Professor of World Languages. Through the program, teachers will share what they learn with other educators in their districts, and offer workshops to parents of English learner students about the American school system, according to Stadtler-Chester.

“Framingham State is committed to preparing the best teachers in the Commonwealth,” says Framingham State President F. Javier Cevallos. “This grant will enable these communities to provide a more effective education to their growing ELL populations.”

The grant came from the U.S. Department of Education’s National Professional Development Program. This is the second time Framingham State University has received a federal grant to cover the cost of training teachers in TESL.

Click here to learn more about Framigham State’s MEd in Teaching English as a Second Language.

About Framingham State University

Framingham State University was founded in 1839 as the nation’s first public university for the education of teachers. Since that time, it has evolved into a vibrant, comprehensive liberal arts institution offering small, personalized classes on a beautiful New England campus. Today, the University enrolls more than 6,000 students with 58 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the arts, humanities, sciences, social sciences and professional fields. As a State College and University (SCU), Framingham State prides itself on quality academic programs, affordability, and commitment to access for all qualified students.