BELLA Program: ESL and Classroom Teachers Working Together with Students and Families


Project Description

This study tests a new teacher professional development program, Bridging English Language Learning and Academics (BELLA)*, for increasing the language and literacy skills of young Latino English learners.

Project Goals

The purpose of this randomized control trial is to test the efficacy of the BELLA professional development program for improving teacher and student outcomes.

Teacher outcomes of interest include:

  • Collaboration between the ESL and classroom teachers
  • Implementation of high-impact instructional strategies
  • Incorporation of the students’ cultural wealth into the classroom

Student outcomes of interest include:

  • Foundational literacy skills
  • Language and writing skills
  • Comprehension for literature and informational texts
  • Vocabulary use and functions, and
  • Academic engagement

Related Resources

*Note: BELLA was originally developed under the intervention name Developing Consultation and Collaboration Skills