Instituto Affiliate Elizabeth Howard Wins Major Department of Education Grant

UConn Neag School of Education Associate Professor and Instituto affiliate faculty Elizabeth Howard 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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