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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

Leading the project as principal investigator is Dr. Magaly Lavadenz, professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and director of CEEL. Dr. Elvira Armas, the Center’s associate director, is the project’s co-director. Dr. Eric Strauss, President’s Professor in the Seaver College of Science and Engineering, and Dr. William Parham, Director of the Department of Educational Support Services and the Counseling Program, are content experts for the project.

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