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PK-16 Excellence Award Honors
UW-Eau Claire Education Program

RELEASED: Aug. 4, 2006

EAU CLAIRE — A University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire program to train teachers of non-English speaking students was among state education programs recently recognized for excellence by the Wisconsin PK-16 Leadership Council.

The Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages program at UW-Eau Claire was among eight education initiatives statewide to receive a 2006 Promising Practices award. The Council also awarded three Programs of Distinction awards.

"Each of the programs of distinction and promising practices has an important element in common," said State Superintendent of Public Instruction and PK-16 Leadership Council co-chair Elizabeth Burmaster in a UW System news release. "They are strengthened and sustained because of collaboration and partnerships. Research confirms that it is what the teacher knows and is able to do in the classroom that influences student learning."

Dr. Kate Reynolds, associate professor and director of TESOL at UW-Eau Claire, works closely with the Eau Claire Area School District and surrounding districts to train teachers of non-English speaking students. The program provides courses, workshops and a degree program for area teachers and training for students who are preparing to be teachers. It is supported in part by a $1.05 million federal grant aimed at increasing the number of English as a Second Language trained personnel in the region by 700 percent.

"It was nice to have this sort of recognition for the Title III Grant program and the TESOL/TEFL Programs at UW-Eau Claire. It was even better that we were nominated by current and former program participants," Reynolds said.

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