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News from January 2018

New Project ELITE2 website features research-based information and tools
January 25, 2018

The new website of the English Learner Institute for Teaching and Excellence (Project ELITE2) features information on professional development, a library of tools and resources for educators and school leaders, stories from the field, and more. For more information, visit the Project ELITE2 website.

Tags: Language for Learning Institute  English Learner Institute for Teaching and Excellence: Project ELITE 

News from October 2015

Project ELITE presents findings at U.S. Department of Education briefing on effective practices
October 13, 2015

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:

  • Effective literacy instructional and assessment practices
  • Use of data to inform the special education eligibility process
  • Professional development, partnerships, and capacity building
  • Contextual variables that affect implementation across settings

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.

Tags: Language for Learning Institute  English Learner Institute for Teaching and Excellence: Project ELITE 

News from June 2014

New teacher flip book targets vocabulary, comprehension gains of elementary English learners
June 9, 2014

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."

For more information about Project ELITE, visit the ELITE project website. For more information about this tool, contact ELITE Project Director Leticia Grimaldo.

Tags: Language for Learning Institute  English Learner Institute for Teaching and Excellence: Project ELITE 

News from June 2013

New product arms parents with strategies for summer reading with their children
June 7, 2013

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. 

For more information about Project ELITE, visit its project website. For more information about this tool, contact Dr. Grimaldo.

Tags: Language for Learning Institute  English Learner Institute for Teaching and Excellence: Project ELITE