Two Years into Federal TESL Grant, Webster Kansas City Celebrates Results with Teachers

| March 21, 2014
Teachers and students celebrated the completion of another cohort as the KC grant program finishes its second year.

Teachers and students celebrated the completion of another cohort as the KC grant program finishes its second year.

Phyllis Harris, grant family and community engagement consultant, and Cass Butler, regional director of Midwest extended campuses

Phyllis Harris, grant family and community engagement consultant, and Cass Butler, regional director of Midwest extended campuses

Webster University’s Culturally Responsive Instruction for English Language Learners grant through the U.S. Department of Education is now two years old. The grant project provides participating teachers in the Kansas City Public Schools with 21 credit hours (seven courses), which can be applied to a Master’s in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) degree at Webster University.

With its goal to educate 110 teachers by 2017, the project has had an impact on teachers, students, families and community. On Feb. 21, 2014, the project’s Family Engagement event focused on acknowledging and celebrating important milestones and successes achieved.

  • The first cohort of 12 teachers has received their TESL certification, and 11 of the 12 earned a master’s degree in TESL from Webster. This cohort group will graduate May 2014.
  • The Cohort 2 group of 11 teachers received certification, and 11 out of 11 will be earning a Master’s degree in TESL from Webster. They will also graduate May 2014.
  • Six Family and Community Engagement forums have been held for Kansas City Public Schools children and families.
  • More than 100 community agencies have participated in the forums and/or provided resources and education, while more than 400 students and parents in Kansas City Public Schools have participated.
Kansas City ESOL grant

The first cohort after completing completed their ESOL certificates in December.

At the Feb. 21 Community Engagement event, teachers in the cohorts shared testimonials, including, “Everyone on the grant team has been so helpful in and out of my school classroom,” and “The project has helped make my job easier, and I have so many new ideas as to how to work with ESL families.”

Several community agencies attended the celebration to provide support, including: Guadalupe Center, Mid-Continent Public Libraries, Kansas City Public Schools Parent University, Nigerian Association, Turn the Page KC-Mayor’s School Readiness project, and the U.S. Department of Education Kansas City Regional Office.

Congratulations to Webster University-Kansas City’s grant team members: Cass Butler, regional director of Midwest extended campuses; Gayle Bradshaw, School of Education coordinator; Merriam Massey, ESL grant coordinator; Allyson Hile, Kansas City Public Schools ESL director; Jeri Levesque, grant evaluator; and Phyllis Harris, Grant Family and Community Engagement Consultant of Pathfinders Professional Development. Brenda Fyfe, dean of Webster University’s School of Education, is the grant principle investigator.

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