Teachers Educating All Multilingual Students (TEAMS) Grant

With a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, OSU is also helping more teachers earn their English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) endorsement without having to pay the $10,000 tuition. The grant will also help 80 teachers complete six online courses through the College of Education over 18 months, culminating in the ESOL endorsement and work with community resources to build bridges with families of emergent bilingual students. “Teachers have been asking for resources to teach English learners more effectively,” says Karen Thompson, an assistant professor who is leading TEAMS. “This program will ensure that teachers have the best possible preparation for working with this group of students.”

The Working Students Success Network

The Working Students Success Network (WSSN) began in 2014 and involved 19 colleges and state partners in four states around the nation. The WSSN strategy was developed to help low-income students reach financial stability and move up the economic ladder by promoting an innovative framework that strategically integrate three distinct areas in education and employment advancement, income and work supports, and financial services and asset building. Cindy Lenhart, a PhD student in the Science and Math Education program and a senior fellow with Achieving the Dream, co-authored a brief addressing food insecurity among community college students. It is intended to provide insights and strategies both for establishing a food pantry and for integrating that work with a broader set of community college student support services to systematically address their multiple needs. A complete copy of the brief can be found here. Another outcome of the WSSN initiative is a guidebook designed to help colleges redesign and enhance their student support services to address issues related to financial insecurity.