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School leaders on the border to receive training through university grant

New Mexico State University's Educational Management and Development Department has been awarded $397,925 by the U.S. Department of Education to train school leaders on the border.

ship in Border Rural Areas" partners the university with the Las Cruces Public Schools and aims to provide a comprehensive, on-going training program for principals and principal candidates to become leaders in high-need schools that focus on the academic achievement of students for whom English is a second language.

New Mexico public schools serve more than 320,000 students and one in every five has been identified as English Language Learners/Limited English Proficient (ELL/LEP), said Gary Ivory, a co-principal investigator for the grant and an educational management and development associate professor.

"Border students face unique issues," Ivory said. "This is an attempt to give current and future school administrators the theoretical and practical knowledge needed to serve these kids."

The grant will provide a mentoring and training program for 10 Las Cruces principals and assistant principals. It will also provide mentoring and scholarship opportunities leading to school administration licenses for 20 principal candidates.

Participants will be selected carefully based on their interest in serving children in this area who deal with language barriers and poverty, Ivory said. Dona Ana County has been ranked as one of the 10 poorest counties in the country in terms of income per capita, he said.

Ivory's co-investigators are Maria Luisa Gonzalez, department head for educational management and development, and Elsy Suttmiller of the Las Cruces Public Schools.

The grant, announced in September, was awarded by the School Leadership Program of the Education Department. The program will begin in the spring.

For more information contact Ivory at givory@nmsu.edu.