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UNT professor earns grant to help local English language learners

Two University of North Texas researchers earned at $2.7 million grant from the National Professional Development Project SUCCESS to help train bilingual teachers. 

The five-year grant will provide professional development for all 245 dual language and content teachers in the Carrollton-Farmers Branch school district. It will also allow 15 UNT students to participate in programs to learn about culturally responsive lessons and alternate assessments for English language learners. 

UNT students will also work with Carrollton-Farmers Branch teachers for pre-kindergarten to second grade about how to guide Latino parents in helping their children with literacy development. 

The grant will also pay for new bilingual books in 15 school libraries throughout the district.

The programs will be led by Rosanna Boyd, director of the Bilingual/ESL Teacher Education Program, and Ricardo Gonzalez-Carriedo, an assistant professor in the Department of Teacher Education and Administration.