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Release: #12-38
May 2, 2012

Contact: Communications
Phone: 916-319-0818

State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Congratulates California
Universities for Winning Federal Professional Development Grants

SACRAMENTO—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson today congratulated 11 California institutions of higher learning for receiving $3.8 million in 2012 National Professional Development grants from the U.S. Department of Education to train teachers on ways to improve instruction to English learners. The list of California grantees is attached.

"Nearly one out of every four California students is an English learner who faces the challenge of learning our curriculum and a new language at the same time," said Torlakson. "This much-needed funding will help our educators provide high-quality instruction to these students, whose success is crucial to the future of our state."

Torlakson created the English Learner Support Division within the California Department of Education as part of his Blueprint for Great Schools initiative so schools could effectively address a growing need in communities across California. He also created an English Learner Integrated Action Team within the department that is developing a statewide plan for English learners to better support districts and schools.

The U.S. Department of Education announced 73 grantees would receive a total of $24.4 million in 2012 National Professional Development grants. The funding supports a variety of professional development activities for teachers and other educational personnel working in elementary and secondary school classrooms with English learners. Awardees are institutions of higher education that partner with one or more local school districts or state education agencies. Most of the grants are for five years. The majority of this funding is dedicated to professional development for science and math teachers of English learners.

Please visit the U.S. Department of Education Web site for more information on the 2012 National Professional Development grant [] External link opens in new window or tab.. The California Department of Education Web site also has more information on services to English Learners - Specialized Programs.

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2012 National Professional Development California Grantees

  • Chico—California State University, Chico, $384,401.
  • Hayward—California State University, East Bay, $375,208.
  • Irvine—University of California, $400,000.
  • La Jolla—National University, $382,041.
  • Los Angeles—Loyola Marymount University, $365,296.
  • Rohnert Park—Sonoma State University, $194,250.
  • San Diego—San Diego State University, $190,432.
  • San Diego—San Diego State University, $400,000.
  • San Jose—San Jose State University, $400,000.
  • San Marcos—California State University, $337,652.
  • Stanford—Leland Stanford Junior University, $374,338.

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Tom Torlakson — State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Communications Division, Room 5602, 916-319-0818, Fax 916-319-0100

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