Federal Grants

Eight grants from the U.S. Department of Education's Office of English Language Acquisition (OELA) have served to enhance ESL teacher education at UAB. In addition to promoting UAB's unique distance-delivery model--with the most distant site at 250 miles from Birmingham, these grants have also served in fostering ESL partnerships with targeted school systems such as Shelby County, Jefferson County, Etowah County, Baldwin County, Enterprise City, and Homewood City, as well as others around the state. Furthermore, by supporting the development of ESL workshops for K-12 educators and university faculty, these grants have also been instrumental in situating UAB as one of the Alabama State Department of Education's premiere partners in the delivery of ESL professional development to mainstream teachers.

Current Grants

Etowah EDGE: ELs Developing, Growing, and Excelling (May 2012-April 2017): Etowah EDGE is a 5-year collaborative partnership between the Etowah County Board of Education and the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Etowah EDGE provides tuition stipends for PK-12 teachers and aides to take ESL teacher certification courses while pursuing college degrees and/or ESL certification in order to improve the quality of instruction for English language learners. Etowah EDGE also provides professional development in ESL-related issues for certified staff in the Etowah County schools as well as for university faculty at the local Schools of Education.
For more information about Etowah EDGE, contact:
Dr. Sue Seay, Program Manager
sueseay@uab.edu  205-975-6710

Southeast ECHO: ELs Charting new Horizons and Opportunities (May 2012-April 2017): Southeast ECHO is a 5-year collaborative partnership between the Enterprise City Schools and the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Southeast ECHO provides tuition stipends for PK-12 teachers and aides to take ESL teacher certification courses while pursuing college degrees and/or ESL certification in order to improve the quality of instruction for English language learners. Southeast ECHO also provides professional development in ESL-related issues for certified staff in the Enterprise City schools as well as for university faculty at the local Schools of Education.
For more information about Southeast ECHO, contact:
Dr. Josie Prado, Program Manager
jprado@uab.edu 205-934-4792

Project SPEAK: Sheltered instruction for Promoting EL’s Academic Knowledge (May 2012-April 2017): Project SPEAK is a 5-year collaborative partnership between the Jefferson County Board of Education and the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Project SPEAK provides tuition stipends for PK-12 teachers and aides to take ESL teacher certification courses while pursuing college degrees and/or ESL certification in order to improve the quality of instruction for English language learners. Project SPEAK also provides professional development in ESL-related issues for certified staff in the Jefferson County schools as well as for university faculty at the local Schools of Education.
For more information about Project SPEAK, contact:
Mary Earley, Program Manager
mearley@uab.edu  205-934-9689

 

Former Grants       

shelbystars_logo Shelby STARS: Sheltered Teaching Accommodations for Reaching Success (July 2007-December 2012):Shelby Stars was a 5-year collaborative project between the Shelby County School System and the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Shelby STARS provided tuition stipends for N-12 teachers and aides to take ESL teacher education courses while pursuing college degrees and/or ESLcertification in order to improve the quality of instruction for English language learners (ELLs). Shelby STARS also provided professional development in ELL-related issues for certified and non-certified staff in the Shelby County Schools as well as for university faculty at the local Schools of Education.
   
projectheart_logo Project HEART:Homewood Educators Accommodating, Reaching, and Teaching (July 2007-Dec. 2012):Project HEART was a 5-year collaborative project between the Homewood City School System and the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Project HEART provided tuition stipends for K-12 teachers and aides to take ESL teacher education courses while pursuing college degrees and/or ESL certification in order to improve the quality of instruction for English language learners (ELLs). Project HEART also provided professional development in ELL-related issues for certified and non-certified staff in the Homewood City Schools as well as for university faculty at the local Schools of Education.
   
projectequal_logo Project EQUAL (October 2002-September 2008): Project EQUAL was a 6-year collaborative project between UAB and the Shelby County School System that provided equal access to education for all students. More specifically, Project EQUAL was a comprehensive educational program for supporting the language acquisition and academic achievement of second language learners. Through Project EQUAL, 87 teachers have obtained ESL certification and 19 instructional aides and pre-service teachers have obtained a college degree and/or certification for teaching ELLs. Professional development was also provided to administrators, counselors, and information specialists in the Shelby County Schools as well as to 32 faculty members at the Schools of Education at UAB and at the University of Montevallo.
   
ntns_logo NTNS: New Teachers for New Students (October 2001-May 2005): NTNS was a 4-year collaborative project between the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Kansas State University, the Alabama State Department of Education, and the Greater Birmingham Holmes Partnership Public Schools. The purpose of NTNS was to assist public schools in providing trained ESL-certified teachers who were able to work effectively in teaching and developing educational programs for the growing number of culturally and linguistically diverse students, especially those who were limited in their English proficiency. Through NTNS, ESL certification was obtained by 82 teachers from the following areas in Alabama: Baldwin County, DeKalb County, Oxford, Russellville, and greater Birmingham. NTNS was also instrumental in establishing UAB's distance-delivery approach for the MAEd/ESL and its annual summer institute for ESL teachers.
   
projectaccess_logo Project ACCESS (October 2001-December 2004): Project ACCESS was a 3-year grant  implemented by the University of Alabama at Birmingham with school systems throughout Alabama. Project ACCESS promoted principled educational opportunities for ELLs through the professional development of school system personnel and higher education faculty. Project ACCESS provided training for 95 classroom teachers to make appropriate accommodations in the delivery of instructional content in ways that reflect ESL best practices. It also trained personnel such as administrators, paraprofessionals, office staff, bus drivers and cafeteria workers to employ ESL best practices when working with English language learners and their families. Project ACCESS was also instrumental in creating and maintaining the first website at UAB for ESL teacher education.