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Project CELEBRATE

 

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Childhood Early Literacy for Emergent Bilinguals with Resources and Access to Technology Engagement - Servicing Educators and Families of English Learners

Project Purpose

Project CELEBRATE, a U.S. Department of Education Professional Development Grant provides professional development to improve the education of English Learners/Emergent Bilinguals.

Goals

  • High quality professional development for inservice teachers/educators in local school districts in literacy and language development for ELs in PreK-5th grade
  • Preservice bilingual teachers complete a Bilingual Authorization
  • Inservice teachers/educators complete MA in Multilingual & Multicultural Education and/or advanced certificates (e.g. Dual Language Certificate; Multicultural Education Certificate) 
  • Parents/families develop knowledge and skills in instructional technology engagement and early literacy development.
  • Stipends provided upon successful completion of the Bilingual Authorization ($2,500), MA in Multilingual & Multicultural Education ($2000) and Dual Language Certificate ($1000). 

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Contact Information:

Ana M. Hernández, Ed. D., Co-Project Director
(760) 750-8507 
ahernand@csusm.edu

Annette Daoud, PhD, Co-Project Director
(760) 750-8519
adaoud@csusm.edu

Partners - Local Education Agencies

San Marcos Unified School District, Vista Unified School District, and the Parent Institute for Quality Education (PIQE)

Testimonials

"As an Immersion teacher, taking part of the Dual Language certificate classes was a great experience. Not only did I have the opportunity to collaborate and learn from colleagues and professors, but I also had the opportunity to reflect on the best practices and research related topics within Dual Language Education. In addition, I also had the opportunity to reflect on the program I teach in since it is a new developing 90/10 immersion program. Taking these courses enhanced and benefited my professional career as an immersion teacher. "

- Alma S├ínchez, M.A. Ed., Dual Language Teacher 

"As a two-way immersion teacher at Oceanside Unified who has completed the Dual Language Certificate program and the Project CELEBRATE PD's, I can say that these courses/professional development have increased my knowledge in becoming a more effective teacher for the better of my students. Through these courses, I have learned about concepts that I can implement in my teaching that have helped my students in becoming life-long learners. I would highly recommend being a part of the two programs as it is a learning experience that will benefit both teachers and students."

Liliana Garcia , 1st grade Dual Language Teacher 

 

Stipend Information for Eligible Programs 

  • Bilingual Authorization
    • The teacher candidate must be admitted to a CSUSM School of Education credential program.
    • Preservice teachers complete the Bilingual Authorization Program, a California Commission on Teacher Credentialing licensure for bilingual educators at CSUSM. 

    • The grant awards 25 stipends of $3,000 annually to teacher candidates who successfully complete the Bilingual Authorization Program in conjunction with their teacher credential program in the School of Education, CSUSM. 

    • Stipends of $2500 are awarded upon successful completion of the Bilingual Authorization Program. 
    • Requirements include: EDUC653: Bilitracy I, EDUC654: Biliteracy II, clinical practice in a bilingual setting or EDUC655: Bilingual Practicum and passing scores on the CSET-LOTE III Spanish Language. 
    • These courses are also considerd electives in our Masters in Multilingual and Multicultural Education. 
    • An advanced level of Spanish (reading, writing, speaking/listening) is required to complete the Bilingual Authorization and examination. 
  • Dual Language Certificate
    • Inservice teachers/educators complete the online Dual Language Certificate for advanced certification. This is a CSUSM conferred certification, not a state credential.
    • Stipends of $1000 are awarded upon successful completion of the Dual Language Certificate. 
    • Requirements include:  EDUC 656: Principles of Dual Language, EDUC 657:Cross-Cultural Competence, EDUC 658: Practices and Strategies for Multilingualism Development, and EDUC 659: Curriculum Development, Program Assessment and Inclusions for Dual Language Education. 
    • These courses are also considered electives in our Masters in Multilingual and Multicultural Education. Courses are taught in English.
  • MA in Multilingual & Multicultural Education
    • Inservice teachers/educators complete the online Masters of Arts in Multilingual and Multicultural Education at CSUSM. 
    • Stipends of $2000 are awarded upon successful completion of the Masters in Multilingual and Multicultural Education. 
    • Requirements include: 30-unit program that consists of three components: Core Coursework, Elective Coursework, and the Culminating Experience. Courses are taught in English.