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National University Awarded $1.96 Million Grant

National University has received a grant for its School of Education from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of English Language Acquisition in the amount of $1,967,265 over the next five years.

The purpose of the grant, titled “Project Moving Forward,” is to provide professional development for teachers so that they can improve their instruction of students with limited English proficiency. The grant also will allow National University’s School of Education to assist Pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade education personnel who work with students with limited English skills in meeting the new Common Core State Standards adopted by California.

Dr. Linda Ventriglia-Navarette of National University’s Department of Teacher Education will serve as the Project Director. Dr. Ventriglia-Navarette and National University will work with seven California school districts to provide professional development opportunities for their teachers and administrators. The school districts participating in the project are:

  • Esparto Unified School District
  • Hemet Unified School District
  • Moreno Valley Unified School District
  • Roseville Joint Union High School District
  • San Bernardino City Unified School District
  • Woodland Joint Unified School District
  • Yolo County Office of Education

The goal of the project is to improve the effectiveness of teachers and administrators who provide leadership at program improvement schools with 40 percent or more of English learners through the attainment of a Certificate in Best Practices with a specialization in Accelerated Academic English Learning. The project also will seek to improve the effectiveness of content area instruction for all teachers serving English learners, including those teaching Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).

For more information about National University’s School of Education, visit Dr. Ventriglia-Navarette can be contacted at (916) 855-4119 or via email at