The UF ESOL/Bilingual Education program area is pleased to announce the collaboration and partnership between the University of Florida School of Teaching and Learning and Levy County schools under a U.S. Department of Education National Professional Development (NPD) grant, Project STELLAR.

Project STELLAR is a five-year teacher/ leadership job-embedded professional development program, funded by the US Department of Education in collaboration with ESOL faculty at the University of Florida.

Participants will take part in two phases of Professional Development:
In Phase I, participants will be part of a select group of 24 teachers in Levy County who will take 6 courses online in the highly successful UF, College of Education Teacher Leadership for School Improvement (TLSI) program, focusing on English language learners. Participants will also receive on-site, school-based coaching and support as they undertake coursework and participate in a Community of Practice (CoP).
In Phase II, participants will work with three additional teachers in their school to support their professional development and learning and to build the Community of Practice.
Some of the courses include: Teacher Inquiry, ESOL Methods, Transforming the Curriculum, School Leadership, and Coaching.
Teachers and school personnel will be selected in Spring 2017 and will begin the program in June, 2017.
For additional information, contact Valerie Boughanem in Levy County or Maria Coady (UF), or 352-273-4228.