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Project CELLS: Western New York Collaboration for English Language Learner Success

Director/PI: Mary Jane Curry, Associate Professor

Completed in 2018, community-wide collaboration to improve outcomes for English language learners by increasing teachers with TESOL certification, professional development, and curriculum for refugee and immigrant students.

Collaborators: Rochester City School District; Mid-West Regional Bilingual Education Resource Network (RBE-RN); and Monroe 2-Orleans, Wayne-Finger Lakes, and Genesee Valley BOCES

Funding: U.S. Department of Education, Office of English Language Acquisition

The Western New York Collaboration for ELL Success (Project CELLS) is a collaborative partnership among the Warner School; the Rochester City School District; Mid-West Regional Bilingual Education Resource Network (RBE-RN); and Monroe 2-Orleans, Wayne-Finger Lakes, and Genesee Valley BOCES that aims to provide students who are learning English with access to high-quality instruction across academic subjects and prepare them for success beyond high school. Project CELLS is dedicated to helping school personnel—including teachers, counselors, and leaders—better serve English language learners (ELLs), as well as increase the number of highly-qualified teachers certified in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). Funded by a five-year (2012-17) National Professional Development grant,  Project CELLS offers the following: 1) scholarships for new and veteran teachers to earn TESOL certification; 2) professional development programs for Warner School faculty as well as current ESOL and content-area teachers, counselors, and school leaders; and 3) curriculum to help refugee and immigrant students with little experience of formal education understand their choices within the U.S. educational system.

To learn more about Project CELLS, click here or visit:  www.warner.rochester.edu/newsevents/story/961/

To learn more about the scholarships available through Project CELLS, contact Mary Jane Curry at mjcurry@warner.rochester.edu.

Tags: English to Speakers of Other Languages, TESOL