UT is helping to expand educational opportunities for deaf youngsters in the Southeast and rural Appalachia. The UT Center on Deafness has received a $1.25 million federal grant to increase the number of deaf education teachers in the region. The program, the Tennessee Education of the Deaf Personnel Preparation Project, is now accepting applicants with coursework to begin in January.
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East Tennessee third through fifth graders who are struggling in reading will have the chance to improve their skills through a free summer tutoring program offered by UT. The program, which is also a research project, is geared toward children who have completed grades three through five but are reading below grade level. To be eligible, children must have received free or reduced-price lunch during the 2012-2013 school year.
UT has opened its doors to Brazilian teachers and undergraduate students who are here to improve their English and learn more about the United States. Twenty-four teachers arrived at UT earlier this month and will stay until February 21. In addition to their other studies, the teachers will be honing their teaching skills.