Teachers HELP—Helping English Language Proficiency
- National Professional Development Grant from the U.S. Department of Education awarded to the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC) to offer high-quality English Learner endorsement and professional development opportunities to the teachers of 6 regional LEAs.
- Teachers HELP consortium includes UTC, 6 regional LEAs (Hamilton County Schools, Bradley County Schools, Cleveland City Schools, Grundy County Schools, Marion County Schools, and Sequatchie County Schools); the TN Department of Education (SEA partner), and the Southeastern Equity Center.
- Over the course of the 5 year project, Teachers HELP will prepare 140 additional certified, EL-endorsed teachers: 80 preservice teachers and 60 inservice teachers who will achieve EL licensure and receive classroom-based coaching / mentoring.
- The project has three objectives: (1) Increase the number of teachers with an EL endorsement. (2) Increase placement and retention of program completers who earn an EL endorsement within instructional settings serving EL students. (3) Increase the preparation of ALL teachers to better serve English Learners.