Webster University’s Kansas City campus location held the first of four quarterly family and community engagement forums as part of the University’s $1.9 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to provide teachers in the Kansas City Public Schools with certifications in English Language Learning (ELL).
The forums are facilitated by LIFT (Literacy Investment for Tomorrow)-Missouri, the state’s literacy resource center and State PIRC (Parent Information Resource Center) each year.
The major focus of the event was to provide teachers and educators with an opportunity to learn about ELL services and resources in the community.
Agencies represented at the event included Della C. Lamb Community Services, a major community provider to second language children and families, Kansas City Public Library, and Mid-Continent Public Libraries and community groups, including: the Council of Nigerian Association, Indonesian Association of Greater Kansas City, Japan American Society, Guadalupe Center, Organo Coffee and Persian Culture.
In May 2012, Webster University received a $1.9 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to provide teachers in the Kansas City Public Schools with certifications in English Language Learning over a five-year period. Webster’s work in K.C. schools under the grant was recently profiled in the Kansas City Star.
The grant project, “Culturally Responsive Instruction for English Language Learners,” will provide participating teachers with 21 credit hours (seven courses), which can be applied to a master’s degree in Teaching English as a Second Language.