Grant will help English language learners

ROCHESTER — The University of Rochester’s Warner School of Education has been awarded a $1.95 million federal grant to improve instruction for English language learners and help them succeed beyond high school.

The five-year grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of English Language Acquisition will fund a new project, Western New York Collaboration for ELL Success (Project CELLS), to meet the needs of the nearly 6,000 students learning English in the Rochester area, according to a UR press release.

The Warner School will partner with the Midwest Regional Bilingual Education Resource Network, the Rochester City School District and BOCES to provide professional development for teachers, counselors and administrators as well as increase the number of teachers certified in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL).

To learn more about Project CELLS, contact Mary Jane Curry at 585-273-5934 or Information also is available at

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