On August 30, 2012, Drs. Anne Campbell and David Zera, authors and project co-directors of The B.E.S.T. Education Project, welcomed the first cohort of candidates selected to participate in the federally-funded, personnel-development grant. From the more than 120 applicants, 23 students were selected to pursue cross-endorsements in Bilingual Education, Special and TESOL education. All candidates are currently teaching in the priority school districts of Bridgeport, Norwalk, Stamford or Danbury and the inter-related fields of study they are pursuing are high priority teacher shortage areas in the State of Connecticut. The robust program provides candidates with coursework and experiential opportunities that are empirically supported and includes up-to-date course content and pedagogy. The B.E.S.T. Education Project is the fourth US Department of Education grant that has been awarded to the Programs in Special Education and Bilingual/TESOL Education in the past 10 years and is the largest grant ($1,436,821) of its kind to be awarded to Fairfield University.
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