Two faculty grants fully funded

The investigation team of Trish Morita-Mullaney, Wayne Wright, and Ming Ming Chiu who received word that two US Department of Education grants were fully funded.

Project PUEDE seeks to increase the overall instructional and family engagement capacities of pre- and in-service teachers, administrators and family liaisons in Indiana, serving in dual language (DL) education by improving DL staffing quality through licensure and adequate Spanish proficiency. The project will foster biliteracy bridges with community agencies, improving EL family engagement, teacher quality and student achievement in English language arts and increased language proficiency in Spanish and English as measured by a quasi-experimental study. Dissemination and policy advocacy are addressed.  The 5 year, $1.85 million  grant targets 2 Indiana school districts.

Leveraging the Lectura y Lenguaje is focused on increasing the overall literacy and English language development capacities of elementary pre- and in-service educators, administrators and family liaisons in Central Indiana. The project will create literacy and language bridges with a community agency that will positively contribute to EL family engagement, teacher quality and student achievement in literacy and English language learning.  Dissemination plans are also addressed. This 5 year, $1,96 million grant aims are to increase the expertise and create a stable EL infrastructure for 4 Central Indiana school districts.