¡Listo! Grant Project: Strategies for ELL Student Success
This 5 year grant has now ended.
As a leader in teacher preparation, A&M-Commerce prides itself in preparing tomorrow's teachers for the many challenges they will face in the classroom. Thanks to a $1.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education, the university is tackling the daunting challenge of how to help teachers better serve English language learners (ELLs) in the region
¡Listo! Sharp and Ready: Strategies for ELL Student Success, aims to improve the ability of teachers to meet the needs of English Language Learner (ELL) students. ¡Listo! Will be a collaborative led by Texas A&M University-Commerce; two school districts, one large urban school district, Garland ISD, and a midsize district in a rural area, Greenville ISD; and the Texas Education Agency's Region X Education Service Center that serves both districts.
Curriculum and Instruction faculty at A&M-Commerce have revised 12 undergraduate syllabi in order to better prepare future teachers in providing a quality education for English Language Learners.
Two model programs have been established: a TWI (Two Way Immersion) program at the elementary level in Greenville ISD and a SIOP (Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol) program at the secondary level in Garland ISD.
The success of ¡Listo! Will be determined through data analysis for A&M-Commerce program completers and their students as well as for the students of in-service teachers implementing the model programs. Teacher data will include annual teacher appraisals, classroom observations, certification test results, and follow-up surveys and interviews. The student data will include English language acquisition and literacy development data and TAKS (Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills) scores in reading, math, science, and social studies.