CENTRAL OHIO ENGLISH LEARNERS’ EDUCATION COLLABORATIVE
A National Professional Development Grant
Funded by the
U.S. Department of Education
Diversity in Schools: Making a Difference
Join educators, administrators and policy makers to explore opportunities to work as one community to support English Language Learners and their families, sponsored by the Central Ohio English Learners' Education Collaborative (COELEC) at Otterbein University.
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COELEC integrates three major initiatives — The COELEC Higher Education Initiative, COELEC Summer-Plus Academy, and COELEC English Learner Career Ladders — in an effort to increase capacity across educational contexts to support the academic needs of English Learners in central Ohio. These initiatives have the potential to directly increase the Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) pedagogical knowledge and skills of 200 educators who teach English Learners (ELs) in preschool through college (PK-16). In addition, the outcomes these initiatives provide are sustainable. The Teacher Education program at Otterbein will be forever transformed by:
- A redesigned TESOL-focused curriculum that will impact more than 300 future teachers each year,
- Newly developed skills and strategies for practicing teachers will impact generations of ELs, and
- Career ladder teaching credential earners will increase the linguistic and cultural diversity of central Ohio’s teaching force.