CCNY faculty Nancy Stern, Tatyana Kleyn receive $3M to prepare teachers, administrators to serve needs of multilingual students

A new $3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of English Language Acquisition (OELA) to Associate Professors Nancy Stern and Tatyana Kleyn continues the two City College of New York educators’ mission to advance the preparation of teachers to serve the needs of multilingual students in New York City. The funding brings to more than $5.5 million in OELA support since 2016 to the two bilingual education and TESOL experts in CCNY’s School of Education.

The latest grant is in partnership with New Visions for Public Schools. Their project, entitled B-SEAL for Multilingual Learners, will prepare school-based teams of middle and high school teachers, along with an administrator from each school, to support the academic and socioemotional needs of multilingual learners.

B-SEAL will provide teachers the opportunity to earn New York State certification in either TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) or a Bilingual Extension, free of charge.  B-SEAL is an acronym for Building Secondary English Learner Educator and Administrator Leadership, and also evokes the Seal of Biliteracy, an award given by schools in New York State in recognition of students who have studied and attained proficiency in more than one language by high school graduation.  

The Multilingual Learner Project (MLP), Stern and Kleyn’s first OELA grant, also in partnership with New Visions for Public Schools, was in 2016 and totaled more than $2.6 million. It enabled them to prepare certified subject-area high school teachers in New York City to better support their students.

Some 80 teachers completed CCNY courses to earn New York State TESOL certification through MLP, while they also participated in an extensive year-long professional development and coaching program.

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Jay Mwamba
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