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Wesley Awarded 1.5 Million Dollar Grant

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Pictured (left to right) Wesley student Reed Perkins, Wesley Professor of Education Dr. Patricia Patterson, Wesley Associate Professor and Program Director of PE K-12 Dr. Patricia Sherbloom, External Grant Evaluator Dr. Donna Lee Mitchell, Wesley students Shaune Gorman and Deni Maguire (education department mascot Jack seated in front)

Wesley College Department of Education was awarded a 1.5 million dollar grant by the US Department of Education to create a replicable, sustainable model for teacher preparation that bridges the professional development gap between education students in training (teachers that have not secured a teaching assignment) and experienced teaching professionals.

The goal of the model is to significantly increase recruitment and retention of

highly-qualified young teachers into local school districts. The program will support these teachers with mentoring, professional development and collaboration with other professionals in an effort to provide a needed support system for young teachers. With support, new educators can become highly successful long-term professionals who can promote student learning, particularly in Delaware’s identified high needs areas.

Only 24 grants were awarded, 23 Universities and one College, Wesley. “We are pleased that the Federal Government has endorsed our program,” said Professor of Education Dr. Patty Patterson.

The funding, which will be dispersed over the course of five years, is the first federal education grant the department has submitted. Patterson, Associate Professor and Program Director of PE K-12 Dr. Patricia Sherblom and Educational Consultant Dr. Donna Mitchell collaborated and submitted the grant for Wesley’s education department. Wesley will partner with Capital School District, Laurel-Woodbridge School District, MOT Charter School, and Delaware State University on this project.