Research Scientist Leslie Babinski, in collaboration with researchers from North Carolina State University and the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, has been awarded a $1.4 million grant from the Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences to support the development of a comprehensive teacher professional development program aimed at increasing classroom teachers’ skills in working with Latino English Learner (EL) students and their families.
During the first phase of the project, the research team will solicit feedback on their initial training design from principals, K-2 teachers, ESL teachers, and Latino parents of EL students. The resulting year-long professional development program will feature ESL teachers consulting and collaborating with classroom teachers, enhancing the teachers’ capacity to improve the students’ language and literacy skills, and strengthen school-home connections.
Working with a small group of teachers, the research team will test the program in a pre-pilot phase. Following this feasibility assessment, the research team will implement a full pilot test with random assignment to the program with 40 classroom teachers and ten ESL teachers from ten schools to monitor both teacher and student outcomes.