Eugenio María de Hostos Community College of The City University of New York offers educators the opportunity to participate in a special training program focused on the education of English Language Learner (ELL) students.


This cultural enriching program course explores the academic needs of ELL students and provides teachers with the necessary tools for students to succeed in the classroom. The program works in collaboration with the CUNY Dominican Studies Institute at The City College of New York; The Ministry of Education of the Dominican Republic; Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo and the Dominican Republic's Instituto Superior de Formación Docente Salomé Ureña.

Phase I:  In New York City – June 12 - 27, 2023 from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Participants will attend a series of professional development workshops, developed and facilitated by local partners from the New York City Department of Education, faculty from several CUNY campuses, and community-based organizations serving English Language Learner students.

Phase II:  In The Dominican Republic – June 29 - July 9, 2023

The group departs to the Dominican Republic, where they participate in cultural and academic enriching training for 10 days; inclusive of lectures and workshops facilitated by faculty from overseas institutions. In addition, the program offers site visits to public schools, the National Palace, cultural centers, guided tours to museums, and art galleries, as well as historical sites. 

The classes/training emphasize the art, history, culture, and education of Dominicans and other ELL children. 

At the end of the program, participants work in groups to develop projects & curriculum for their students, which are presented at the end of the course, including dialogues about their learned experience, curriculum design and activities reflective of their student population. Former program participants have developed innovative curriculum across disciplines which address topics of gender, race, ethnicity, and identity among others.  Other topics include the immigrant experience of the English language learner population. Teaching strategies and best practices in connection with all academic subjects. Alumni and partners have lauded the Summer Professional Development Program as a life-long transformative experience that will inform their work as educators for years to come.

The program culminates with a mini-symposium of projects of the program participants and the presentation of certificates to participants who complete the Continuing Teacher and Leader Education Program hours. Eugenio María de Hostos Community College is an approved New York State DOE sponsor of (CTLE).


2023 Application Information and Timeline

Application Packet due April 23, 2023:

  • Hostos Program Application Form and emergency contactinformation
  • Letter of recommendation from a supervisor or school principal if you are ateacher
  • A one-page personal statement explaining your reasons for participating in theprogram
Accepted participants will complete a registration packet with the following:
  • CUNY Waiver of Liability and Release Agreementforms
  • Medical Form completed by a physician clearing you totravel
  • Media ReleaseForm
  • Proof of enrollment in CUNY Student TravelInsurance
Program cost of $3,000.00, includes:
  • Course fees at Hostos and partnerinstitutions
  • Roundtrip airfare and groundtransportation
  • Double occupancyhotel
  • Admission to museums and heritagesites

Translation/interpretation services available in English and Spanish per participants’ requests.

Payment due in three installments: April 26, May 24, and June 14, 2023.

Please note, a $100.00 non-refundable deposit must be submitted with the application.

For additional information or to request a program application, please contact us at:

The Office of Community Relations and Professional Development
Division of Institutional Advancement
475 Grand Concourse Room A-126C, Bronx, NY 10451

Go to website:

Mr. Gerson Peña at (718-664-2753) or Ana Garcia Reyes, Associate Dean of Community Relations at