Instituto Affiliate Elizabeth Howard Wins Major Department of Education Grant

Together with UConn faculty Professor Manuela Wagner (LCL), Assistant Professor Aarti Bellara (EPSY), Neag School of Education Associate Professor have worked alongside  Instituto affiliate faculty member Elizabeth Howard who has won a $179,000 grant from the US Department of Education for a three-year research project, “Reimagining Dual Language Education: Promoting Equitable Bilingualism and Biliteracy Outcomes through a Focus on Sociocultural Competence.” This 3-year project seeks to address the issue of how best to promote the development of sociocultural competence (SCC) in public schools. Working through a collaborative social design-based experiment, jointly conducted by university researchers together with dual language classroom teachers, the project has four major goals: 1) improve the equitable bilingualism and biliteracy attainment of all dual language students through a greater focus on SCC, 2) improve the measurement of SCC, 3) foster SCC among dual language students, and 4) enhance dual language teachers’ professional competence related to SCC-focused language and literacy instruction. To accomplish these goals, university researchers and participating DL teachers will engage in a professional learning community, in which they will develop and implement instructional approaches designed to promote SCC development.

This is the link to the program.

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