Framingham State University, in partnership with several school districts, has received a $1.68 million federal grant to educate teachers of English language learners, the school announced Wednesday.
The U.S. Department of Education award will pay the tuition of 40 teachers seeking a master’s degree in teaching English as a second language at the university. The grant will also help hire coaches to train English teachers in each of the three districts that applied for the grant with Framingham State: Marlborough, Cambridge and Wachusett Regional.
Marguerite Mahler, a Framingham State faculty member who helped submit the grant application, said certified instructors are needed because of the achievement gap between non-native, English-speaking students and their English-fluent peers.
“This grant comes at a critical time for the state,” Mahler said. “It should go a long way toward improving instruction for this growing segment of students.”