TILDE Denver Public Schools Masters/Endorsement Scholarship
OverviewThis is an opportunity for teachers in the Denver Public School District to simultaneously earn a Master of Arts in Education, Equity and Cultural Diversity, a Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CLD) endorsement, and a Bilingual Specialist endorsement!
Teachers Improving Learning in Dual Education (TILDE) Project is a National Professional Development (NPD) funded project offered by the Office of English Language Acquisition (OELA) at the U.S. Department of Education. Bilingual/Dual language teachers in Denver Public Schools graduating from this project will earn a Master of Arts degree in Educational Equity and Cultural Diversity (EECD) and a Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CLD)/ Bilingual Specialist Endorsement. Funding from this grant will pay for all tuition costs. Materials and book costs will need to be covered by the student. In addition to developing teachers’ skills and understanding in teaching bilingual learners, the project will also focus on developing teachers’ abilities to engage with families and the community by including a parent/community engagement component to each of the courses in the program. In order to meet the grant’s competitive priority, a randomized control trial will be conducted to test the efficacy of a dual language reading strategy found to meet the What Works Clearinghouse Evidence standards. Participating teachers will need to implement this strategy in Fall 2018. This program will deliver three courses in Spanish and most courses will be held in a dual language/bilingual school in DPS.
The 25 teachers selected to participate in this program will form a cohort that will begin taking classes Spring 2018 and will finish taking classes Summer 2020. Teachers are expected to take one class each fall and spring and two classes each summer until all required credits have been earned (30-31 credits total). Fall and spring courses generally meet once per week from approximately 4:30-7:30 p.m. Each summer class meets for 3-4 weeks every weekday for 3 hours (e.g. M-F, 9:00-12:00). Two summer classes, therefore, will involve 6-8 weeks of your summer.
Classes are coordinated by the staff of The BUENO Center for Multicultural Education and CU Boulder School of Education. Courses will likely be located at a DPS school. If selected to participate, you will commit to taking all courses with your cohort group, commute to the course location, pay for all books and materials, participate in the research study, and attend class and complete all assignments. In exchange, your course tuition is paid by the grant.
Tuition for this program is provided through a Federal Grant. As such, the funding period is limited to the time period outlined above. Students must make continued steady progress to complete the program before the funding expires and remain with their cohort from Spring 2018 to Summer 2020.
Below are the course requirements:
ApplicationBefore applying online, please prepare your resume, 3 essay questions (see below) and contact information for 2 professional references.
ESSAY QUESTIONS: At least one must be in Spanish. 3 page limit.
1) Describe your past work experiences in education, including teaching and other experiences related to working with diverse/bilingual student populations.
2) Discuss your reasons for wanting to earn a Master’s degree in Education, Equity, and Cultural Diversity education (be specific).
3) Discuss why you feel you should be considered for this program.
DeadlineYour application, essay questions, resume, and 2 letters of recommendation must be received by 11:59 PM on November 17, 2017.
Principal Investigator & Program Director
BUENO Center for Multicultural Education
School of Education, 247 UCB
University of Colorado Boulder
Boulder, CO 80309-0247