University of Houston-Clear Lake School of Education received a five-year, $1.6 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The funds will be used to recruit and train bilingual counselors and counselor supervisors to work with English language learners with the intended goal of better assisting the area public school students achieve higher levels of academic success and increased access to post-secondary education.
Partnering with four area independent school districts, the Collaborative Bicultural Counselor Training Project IV (CBCT4) will provide master degree scholarships for 30 area teachers and five qualified doctoral candidates. The scholarship recipients will become bilingual counselors and/or supervisors attuned to the needs of bilingual learners. An additional goal is to provide a support system and mentoring for bilingual counselors-in-training and practicing school counselors.
“Children who speak languages other than English need support from counselors who understand both their language and their culture,” explains Associate Professor of Counseling Cheryl Sawyer, the CBCT4 project director. “This funding from the U.S. Department of Education will provide us with the opportunity to train 30 Spanish-speaking school counselors to help the children and families of the Houston-Galveston area.”
The grant also provides annually for a one-day institute addressing the social and emotional needs of English language learners which will be open to all counselors in UHCL service school districts.
The partner school districts include Houston, Alief, Texas City and Pasadena Independent School Districts. The program will begin fall 2013; recruitment is in progress. Interested individuals should contact Sawyer by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 281-283-3559.
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University of Houston-Clear Lake’s School of Education offers course work and field experiences toward more than 65 different degree or certification programs, including eight graduate programs, six professional certificates and the teacher certification program, certifying in more than 40 specializations and teaching fields. The School of Education was named winner of the 2009 Christa McAuliffe Award for Excellence in Teacher Education by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities. UHCL was also selected by The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching for its commitment to the community. For more information about the School of Education, visit http://soe.uhcl.edu.