Cheryl K. BrownCheryl K. Brown

    Grant Provides Training for Rural Teachers

    Cheryl K. Brown in Willamette University's School of Education has received a grant to help provide high school teachers in the rural communities of the Willamette Education Service District (WESD) with training to more effectively reach students whose English is limited. The WESD, which is not related to the university, serves 21 school districts in Marion, Polk and Yamhill counties.

    The $150,000 award from The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations provides funding for the Center for Excellence in Teaching's Mastery of English Language Development Skills (MELDS) Program, which will begin enrolling teachers this fall. MELDS will help to combat high dropout rates among minority student populations by closely mentoring teachers, reaching out to parents and communicating closely with students.

    "During a tough economic climate and a defining time for local schools, the MELDS Program gives teachers the tools to respond to a changing student population and educational environment," says Brown, director of MELDS and the Center for Excellence in Teaching.