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Florida International University (Miami, FL 33199-2516)
Melissa Baralt (Project Director: July 2018 to present)
Improving Spanish-Language Teacher Retention and Success

A collaborative partnership between Florida International University and Florida Memorial University to improve course content and teacher training in Spanish language and culture at both institutions.

This project will improve Spanish language teacher training at a Hispanic-Serving Institution in Miami, FL so that graduates are better prepared to teach in the culturally diverse settings where they are employed, primarily a Miami HBCU. Thus this project will help black Spanish-language learners at the HBCU have better Spanish-learning experiences and outcomes and reduce teacher attrition of HSI graduates at the HBCU. A team of Spanish-language learning scholars and instructors will conduct a needs analysis on learners’ and teachers’ needs at the HSI and HBCU. Then, they will redesign the Spanish-learning curriculum for black students, prepare and deliver new teacher-training workshops, and evaluate and modify the new curriculum for both teachers and students as needed over the course of the project. Finally, they will disseminate findings and pedagogical materials through a national teacher-training website, academic conferences and journals, and public teacher-training workshops.

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Project fields:
African American Studies; Linguistic Anthropology; Spanish Language

Humanities Initiatives: HSIs

Education Programs

$100,000 (approved)
$99,832 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2019 – 8/31/2021