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SOE ImageMastery of English Language Development Program Receives $150,000 Grant

A $150,000 award from The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations of Jacksonville, Fla., will help the School of Education to provide teachers in the rural communities of the Willamette Education Service District with training to help them more effectively reach students of limited English proficiency. 

The grant provides funding for the Center of Excellence in Teaching's Mastery of English Language Development Skills (MELDS) Program, which will begin enrolling teachers this fall.

"During a tough economic climate and a defining time for local schools, the MELDS Program gives teachers the tools to respond to a changing student population and educational environment," says Cheryl K. Brown, Director of MELDS and the Center for Excellence in Teaching. MELDS will help to combat high dropout rates among minority student populations by mentoring teachers, reaching out to parents, and communicating closely with students.

The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations' endorsement of MELDS has been instrumental in helping the School of Education to seek additional funding to serve a greater number of local teachers.