Otterbein Receives Grant to Improve Classroom Instruction for English Learners

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The U.S. Department of Education recently announced the awarding of nearly $24.4 million for 73 grants to improve instruction for English learners. Otterbein University is receiving $373,537 as part of this program, which will be used, in part, to educate teachers in the Westerville City School District. That amount is potentially renewable each year for five years. Located in 28 states and the District of Columbia, the grants support a variety of professional development activities for teachers and other educational personnel who work in elementary and secondary school classrooms with English learners.

Grants are awarded to institutions of higher education that partner with one or more local school districts or state education agencies. The majority of these grants include professional development for science and math teachers of English learners.

“These funds will help upgrade the content and instructional skills of new and veteran teachers working with English learners, as well provide career ladder programs for paraprofessionals,” said Rosalinda B. Barrera, assistant deputy secretary and Director of the Office of English Language Acquisition. “It's critical for our English learners to have access to high-quality instruction in all subjects that will prepare them for success in college, the workplace and our global economy.”

For further information about the Otterbein grant, please contact Susan Constable at