Fordham University Graduate School of Education: New GSE Initiative Will Bolster Bilingual/ESL Education in New York City

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

New GSE Initiative Will Bolster Bilingual/ESL Education in New York City

The Center for Educational Partnerships at GSE, under the leadership of Dean James J. Hennessy, Ph.D., is gearing up this week to launch an initiative that will establish the center as the linchpin of bilingual education in the New York metropolitan area.

The Center was recently awarded the New York City Regional Bilingual ESL Resource Network (RBE-RN) contract from the New York State Education Department Office of Bilingual Education and Foreign Language Studies.

One of only eight RBE-RN technical assistance support centers statewide, the Fordham RBE-RN will assist networks, schools, and districts throughout the five boroughs in enhancing instructional practices for students learning English.

“We are here as a resource and an entity that will assist schools and the networks of schools in improving instruction for English Language Learners,” said Anita Vazquez Batisti, Ph.D., associate dean of GSE and director of the center. “We provide further training for teachers, we help them analyze data—we are their resource.”

The 22-month, $2.2 million contract will enable the Fordham RBE-RN to offer professional development in literacy instruction, content area instruction, and compliance.

Click here to read the full story in Inside Fordham.

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