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Mini Grants

“Part of the successes of the grant would be the ¡Listo! mini-grants. It actually inspires creative teachers. As teachers in the classroom, we can be very creative, very imaginative, and we want to do a lot of things...It keeps you motivated to imagine things to do inside the classroom.”

Designed to provide teachers with supplementary materials for their classrooms that will be used to implement innovative, effective instruction for ELLs, Project ¡Listo! Sharp and Ready: Strategies for ELL student Success offers mini-grant competitions. Funding for the mini-grants is provided through a five-year grant funded by the Office of English Language Acquisition (OELA) within the US Department of Education. Any teacher in the Garland ISD and Greenville ISD partnership schools who has one or more ELL students in their classroom is eligible to submit an application. Appropriate supplementary materials, which follow the principles of the SIOP (Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol) model, include hands-on manipulatives, realia, pictures, visuals, multimedia, related literature, hi-lo readers, and bilingual or first language print materials. Individual teachers or teams of teachers may submit proposals.

Mini-grants awarded for the 2009-2010 school year totaled approximately $18,000. Recipients took part in poster sessions on their campuses at the end of the school year to share their student success stories with other administrators and faculty members as well as representatives of the A&M-Commerce campus. Teachers awarded mini-grants through ¡Listo! also wrote their personal  Impact Stories which they are sharing on the website.