The College of Education has received a $539,281 grant from the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program to provide scholarships, mentoring, and laptops to 25 teachers from Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Arkansas, who are Hispanic and/or are teaching in districts with Hispanic populations ranging from 15 percent to greater than 50 percent.

Participants will earn master’s degrees with an emphasis in library media, focusing on best practices and using culturally responsive teaching methods and assessments.

This is the second Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program Grant for the COE. The first, in 2013, focused on Native American culture in teaching and provided scholarships to 25 school librarians.