Principal Investigator Greg Roberts and Co-Principal Investigator Leticia Grimaldo presented findings from the English Learner Institute for Teaching and Excellence (Project ELITE) at a U.S. Department of Education briefing on effective practices on September 21 in Washington, D.C.
Along with other researchers from The University of Texas at Austin and the University of Colorado Boulder, Roberts and Grimaldo described the findings of the 4-year Model Demonstration Project (Cohort 5), which focuses on implementing multitiered systems of support for English learners. The presentation explored guidance to administrators, teachers, instructional coaches, and policymakers in implementing a culturally and linguistically responsive multitiered model in schools with bilingual education and English as a second language programs. Specific topics presented included the following:
Following the presentation, the panel fielded questions from a diverse audience of educators and other stakeholders.
To view an archived recording of the presentation, visit the U.S. Department of Education website.
The work of Cohort 5 is summarized in the Effective Practices for English Learners practice brief series, available in the Resources section of the Project ELITE webpage.
MCPER's Project ELITE has created a step-by-step flip book with visuals for a teacher read-aloud routine focused on vocabulary and comprehension development of English learners in the elementary grades.
The flip book guides teachers through the steps of the routine and includes strategies for supporting English learners’ literacy development. Teachers can use the flip book throughout the weekly practice. The large-format resource, posted in the MCPER Library, was a collaborative effort based on feedback received from teachers on the project.
The eye-catching and user-friendly resource and read-aloud routine have been well received.
"Since implementing the read-aloud routine in my classroom, my students' reading comprehension and vocabulary skills have truly grown," said Amanda Wilkie, a second-grade teacher at Baty Elementary School in Del Valle Independent School District, where Project ELITE has been working. "They've gained a deeper understanding and constantly make connections not only across texts we read in class, but also in their own independent reading. This routine has helped to create a community of readers in my classroom who work together to build meaningful relationships with text."
Colleen Reutebuch, a director of MCPER's Reading Institute and principal investigator in the Language for Learning Institute, has been selected to attend the 2014 Summer Research Training Institute on Cluster-Randomized Trials from July 7 to 17 in Evanston, Illinois. The eighth annual event, hosted by the Northwestern University Institute for Policy Research and supported by the National Center for Education Statistics, aims to "increase the national capacity of researchers to develop and conduct rigorous evaluations of the impact of education interventions. The course sessions will provide intensive training on planning, implementing, and analyzing data for cluster-randomized trials," according to the event website.
MCPER's Project ELITE has created a read-aloud routine that parents can use during the summer to increase their children's vocabulary and comprehension. And the eye-catching resource is already receiving rave reviews.
"Parents want to know how to read to their children, and this is perfect to use," said Deb McKinney, a kindergarten teacher at Baty Elementary in Del Valle Independent School District, where Project ELITE has been working. "Students are told, step by step, what to do—and exactly how to do it. Sure, you can say, 'Read a book every night.' But how should you read? This routine takes it to the next level."
The large-format bookmark, pictured at right and posted in our Library, is the brainchild of ELITE Project Director Leticia Romero Grimaldo and MCPER Senior Graphic Designer Carlos Treviño. It features the routine in English on one side and in Spanish on the other.
Shannon Giroir, a MCPER postdoctoral fellow, will lead a brown bag presentation titled "ESL Learning, Social Participation, and Negotiating the 'Periphery': Saudi ESL Students in U.S. Higher Education Contexts" from noon to 1 p.m. on March 25 in the Pittenger Room (SZB 418). Giroir will report on a study of how a group of adult ESL learners negotiated their positionality vis-à-vis the second-language community. The presentation will focus specifically on two Saudi Arabian men and how they negotiated social participation outside of the ESL classroom.
Matt Ellinger and Patrick Hurley of the SERP Design Center in San Francisco will explore the Word Generation vocabulary program during their Meadows Distinguished Lecture "Word Generation for English Learners" from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on December 10 in the Dean's Conference Room (SZB 238). To RSVP, send an e-mail with “SERP” in the subject line to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Developed by Catherine Snow and Claire White, Word Generation is a research-based vocabulary program for middle school students that teaches words through language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies classes. The program employs several strategies to teach students words in a variety of contexts. The CREATE project at MCPER used a version of Word Generation in randomized controlled trials and quasi-experimental studies conducted in 2010–2011 and 2011–2012 in the Austin area.
Jennifer Galindo, a researcher with the Collaborative Strategic Reading and Promoting Adolescents' Comprehension of Text projects at MCPER and doctoral student in educational psychology with an emphasis in quantitative methods, will lead a brown bag presentation November 12 on hierarchical linear modeling (HLM). "Using HLM to Analyze Educational Data," held from noon to 1 p.m. in the Pittenger Room (SZB 418), will draw upon information from a workshop hosted by Steve Raudenbush and Tony Bryk on HLM and the use of HLM 7 that Galindo attended. Galindo's presentation will begin with a brief introduction to HLM and how the models are useful for analyzing educational data. Galindo will set up a model in HLM 7 and discuss the analysis and results. The discussion will continue with a demonstration of how HLM 7 can use multiple imputation to impute data when missingness is an issue. Also, Galindo will show a walkthrough of how to set up a cross-classified model in HLM 7.
The Center for Research on the Educational Achievement and Teaching of English Language Learners (CREATE) is hosting its culminating conference on October 18–19 in Orlando, Florida. The conference will explore the teaching and learning of English language learners in the middle grades, and will feature compelling keynote presentations by top researchers, breakout sessions that offer participants the chance to explore topics with researchers in a more intimate setting, and updates on CREATE work. Visit CREATE's external website to view the conference speakers, agenda, and registration and location information.