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Language Acquisition Development Program awarded national grant

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Date: Tuesday, December 17, 2002
Contact: Keiki Kawai`ae`a, (808) 974-7339

For Immediate Release

The United States Department of Education (USDOE) Office of English Language Acquisition, Language Enhancement and Academic Achievement for Limited English Proficient Students has awarded a national professional development grant to the University of Hawai`i at Hilo's Ka Haka `Ula O
Ke`elikolani College of Hawaiian Language. The annual award of $397,788 covers a five-year performance period ending on September 29, 2007.

The USDOE award will be used to develop highly qualified teachers for programs using the Hawaiian language from pre-school to grade 12. It will also provide national support to indigenous teacher education programs via the addition of a new distance learning partnership with Western Washington University.

The grant will focus on three broad objectives, including the expansion of the Kahuawaiola Hawaiian Medium Teacher Education Program, adaptation of its reading programs for Hawaiian language learning, and the incorporation of new Hawaiian education guidelines called "Hawai`i Guidelines for Culturally Healthy and Learning Environments."

"We're very pleased that our grant application has been approved," said Keiki Kawai`ae`a, programs director for Kahuawaiola and the Hale Kuamo`o Hawaiian Language Center. "This award will fund initiatives that will have a definite impact on the learning process for Hawaiian language students by improving student literacy and improving teacher preparation."

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