A group of Fox Cities school districts have been given the chance to further language in their schools with the help of the Fast Forward Grant.
The Appleton Area School District, in partnership with Menasha Joint School District, Oshkosh Area School District and the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh, have received a large grant worth $112,422 to further develop English as a Second Language (ESL) teachers and bilingual teachers for next school year.
Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development awarded the districts the grant that would also include training up to 20 teachers in the area.
The Appleton School District serves approximately 1,640 students in the English Learning program. Over 55 languages are spoken in the AASD schools, majority being Hmong and Spanish.
In total, over $3 million was presented to 32 school districts to license more than 370 teachers.
The grant will cover 2019 and 2020 and will cover all tuition expense for teachers to attend training classes.