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Project STELLAR (Science Teaching for English Learners -Leveraging Academic Rigor): Teaching for Critical Transitions

CURes and the Center for Equity for English Learners (CEEL) at LMU are leading this professional development program which serves teachers of long-term English Learners. This program operates in three partner school districts in southern California: Lennox, Wiseburn, and Environmental Charter.

The partnership is funded by the U.S. Department of Education and will provide intensive training in language and literacy development through urban ecology for 100 in-service teachers, 29 teacher leaders, and 20 pre-service teachers of English Learners. CEEL will receive $1.9 million over a five-year period from 2012 to 2017, with substantive funding allocated to partner school districts.

Project Goals: the creation and implementation of a coherent and comprehensive professional development program for pre-service and in-service teachers in academic language development in science. The partnership aims to improve educational outcomes for 4th-8th grade English Learners during critical fluency transition periods by increasing the capacity of teachers and administrators to provide high quality, content-based language and literacy development while addressing the socio-emotional needs of long-term English Learners.

Program Staff

  • Dr. Magaly Lavadenz, professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and director of CEEL, principle investigator
  • Dr. Elvira Armas, CEEL associate director, project’s co-director.
  • Dr. Eric Strauss, President’s Professor in the Seaver College of Science and Engineering, context expert
  • Dr. William Parham, Director of the Department of Educational Support Services and the Counseling Program, content expert

Module 1 is a focus on Hummingbirds. Click here for images and short video clips for use in classrooms.