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Oregon State University’s College of Education will provide training for up to 80 Oregon teachers who work with students learning English under a new $2.5 million federal grant.
OSU is partnering with the Beaverton, Bend-La Pine, Springfield, Greater Albany and Corvallis school districts on the five-year project, which is being funded by the U.S. Department of Education Office of Language Acquisition. The first group of teachers will begin the program this summer.
Doctoral candidate Holly Thompson knows how to relate to students who come from generational poverty, addiction, abuse and homelessness. She’s been there. “I love those kinds of kids — from families that are a mess,” she says. “I experienced a lot of that, so I’m good at working with this population.”
Currently a counselor at Rowe Middle School south of Portland, Thompson inspires kids to hang tough and get through hard times. “I tell them I did it, so they can, too, and they hear that,” she says. Thompson, who was Oregon’s 2015 School Counselor of the Year, was selected for First Lady Michelle Obama’s Reach Higher Initiative and is president of the Oregon School Counselor Association. The single mother of a 5-year-old son, Thompson will earn her Ph.D. in counseling in spring. Not bad for someone who never thought she’d attend college.
A new grant will allow up to 80 Oregon teachers in five districts, including Bend-La Pine Schools, to receive more training in working with students who don’t speak English proficiently. The $2.5-million grant was awarded to Oregon State University’s College of Education.
Gillberto Lara wins second place in the 2017 National Association for Bilingual Education (NABE) outstanding dissertation award for his dissertation.
Alumna Veronica Garcia of the Community College Leadership program appointed president of Northeast Lakeview College.
The scholar position was awarded to Michael Giamellaro, an assistant professor in the graduate teaching program.
Karla Rockhold, academic adviser for the College of Education at Oregon State University, said a generation of students are “gun shy” about going into education.
The 43-year-old graduated from OSU with a master’s degree in education before spending 14 years as a Corvallis police officer.