Getting All (or A Lot of) Teachers ESOL Certified in Two+ Years
Interested in Applying?
Sorry, we are not currently accepting applications. GATE CITY Cohort I is underway! Our first Cohort of 40 Nashua educators began coursework in January 2013. We were very excited about the response from teachers in Nashua with over 80 applicants for 40 available spots.
Recruitment for Cohort II will begin in the fall of 2015. There will be an additional 40 spots available to Nashua educators. Priority is awarded to secondary teachers in the Science, Technology, Engineering & Math content areas. Elementary teachers, administrators, guidance counselors and educational specialists are also eligible.
Please contact GATE CITY Project Assistant, Emily Kerr, if you would like to receive any more information OR if you would like to be placed on our contact list to receive notification when recruitment begins again. Thank You!
For more information on GATE CITY watch this screencast of our first informational session:
To read an article from The Telegraph about the GATE CITY program and opening session click here...
GATE CITY is a Title III, federally funded grant project, through the US Department of Education, Office of English Language Acquisition (OELA). The project is a funded partnership between UNH & the Nashua School District.
What does it mean for the Nashua School District?
The main objective of the grant is to increase the number of grade level teachers in Nashua, particularly in the STEM content areas, who have ESOL certification, which will promote the academic achievement of English language learners in NH. GATE CITY will support 80 Nashua educators, covering the full cost of five graduate-level courses, which will lead participants to ESOL certification in NH.
° Beginning in January 2013, UNH and the Nashua School District will partner to support 80
° GATE CITY will target in-service educators who serve or will serve English language learners.
It is anticipated that 70 participants will be teachers and about 10 will be school
administrators, counselors, curriculum integration specialists, and/or classroom
° The project will target STEM teachers at the secondary level and STEM content for participants
working in elementary settings.
GATE CITY will offer two cohorts of 40 educators five UNH graduate classes, leading participants to ESOL certification in NH. Cohort one will begin coursework in January 2013 and cohort two will begin coursework in January 2015 (see timeline below).
° All classes will be offered on-site in Nashua schools
° Small teams of educators will design their own weekly meeting schedules
° Participating educators will complete one class per semester for five consecutive semesters,
and will earn 15 graduate credits in all
° The cost of tuition, related fees and all course materials (including textbooks) will be provided with
no up-front cost to participants
Semester One: Spring 2013
Methods for Teaching ELLs in K-12 classrooms
Explores & explains effective approaches, methods, strategies, and techniques for instructional practice based on current research and practice.
Semester Two: Fall 2013
Assessing ELLs in K-12 classrooms
Provides an in-depth examination of the key issues and challenges in the assessment of English language learners. Course topics include: appropriate identification and placement for programming, assessment alternatives, pre and post instructional assessment and cultural sensitivity in assessment.
Semester Three: Spring 2014
Sociolinguistics and Socioliteracies
Participants explore linguistic and literacy development of second language learners. Additionally, participants will learn the ways in which languages may differ and those characteristics which tend to be universal, including the commonalities between first and second language acquisition.
Semester Four: Fall 2014
The Culture of Language and the Language of Culture
An overview of critical issues relevant to the cross-cultural dynamics in diverse mainstream classrooms. Appropriate adaptations necessary for a multicultural curriculum will also be explored.
Semester Five: Spring 2015
A portfolio-based, capstone course of theory-into-practice applications of the knowledge gained, the skills refined, and the dispositions developed via the ESOL sequence courses. Within this portfolio, participants engage in critical reflection on their own personal and professional growth as educators of culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD) students.
GATE CITY Team:
For general questions about this federal grant project:
Judy Sharkey, Ph.D.
For questions about the current cohort, coursework or curriculum:
For administrative assistance, general info or to be added to the mailing list:
GATE CITY Program Office:
400 Commercial Street
Manchester, NH 03101
Office: 603 641-4158
Fax: 603 641-4303