Welcome!

News Feed Item

$16 Million Grant To Texas A&M Will Benefit 15,000 Schoolchildren Statewide

COLLEGE STATION, Texas, Jan. 22, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Closing the educational gap between children who are learning English and those who are native speakers is the goal of researchers in the College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) at Texas A&M University, and the U.S. Department of Education (ED) has awarded a $16.3 million grant to the university to help accomplish that goal.

(Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20120502/DC99584LOGO)

The grant, known as the Investing in Innovation Fund, rewards institutions with a record of improving student achievement and includes an investment from ED of $14.82 million and private sector funds of $1.48 million.

Based on the research of Rafael Lara-Alecio and Fuhui Tong,  Texas A&M professor and assistant professor of educational psychology, respectively, in a five-year longitudinal randomized trial study called English Language Learning and Acquisition (ELLA), the grant will allow researchers to validate intervention efforts and determine the degree of impact on English acquisition and comprehension.

Texas A&M President R. Bowen Loftin cited the program as an excellent example of the university providing leadership in a vital area, noting that "teaching the acquisition of the English language and literacy acquisition are foundational, essential skills to success in school and life."

He said the program will improve the intervention with children by preparing teachers to work more effectively with them.

"Our students will be actively engaged in the conduct of this research and intervention program," Loftin added. "We are preparing and facilitating the development of leaders within the educational fields, as they are actively engaged in the research and evaluation activity."

Lara-Alecio is the principal investigator and program director for the validation program, ELLA-V. "After years of research, we are so glad to move ahead with the ELLA-V stage of our program," he said. "We have the support of more than 25 districts across Texas and we feel this program will have a positive impact on thousands of children across the state."

The program is estimated to impact more than 600 teachers and 15,000 students across the state over the next five years.

The validation stage of the program, now underway, will be implemented over the next five years. ELLA-V will validate intervention methods used at each of the four grade levels of kindergarten through third grade (K-3).

Texas A&M was one of eight awardees to be selected from 727 nationwide applications. CEHD Dean Douglas Palmer expressed his support and appreciation of the faculty who are working on this project.

"These faculty are engaged in research that will have a positive impact on the education of students in Texas and can serve as a national model," said Palmer. "This program builds off years of ongoing research in the area of English acquisition and affords the opportunity to close the achievement gap between English learners and their native English-speaking classmates."

The original research provides promising insight to K-3rd grade intervention in English language learners. ELLA-V aims to bridge the gap for students with a lower level of English proficiency.

Partnering with Lara-Alecio and Tong is Beverly Irby, a professor at Sam Houston State University. A team comprised of Bob Slavin and Alan Cheung from Johns Hopkins University will evaluate program progress and findings.

The grant comes at a time when more than 830,000 Texas students were English language learners in the 2010-2011 school year. If successful, the statistics also provide the framework for a national upscale of the project. English language learners comprise more than 21 percent of enrollment within schools across America, of which 79 percent are Spanish-speaking.

A successful foundation in English has a direct correlation with achievement in other subjects as well, officials noted.

"What we have found, and what we have always assumed, is that successful English acquisition leads to higher grades in math and science, among other areas of learning," said Lara-Alecio.

A number of graduate and undergraduate students at Texas A&M will also have an opportunity to work on this state and national leadership project.  Palmer noted, "This engagement of our students in this research project reflects the mission of the college to prepare the next generation of leaders who will transform lives."

"We can't think of a better way to serve the citizens of Texas than to provide and test best practices in classrooms across the state in a very rigorous and scientific manner," said Lara-Alecio. "We are serving future generations of learners in Texas and, as findings are validated, are ready to expand further into applications across the United States."

SOURCE Texas A&M University

More Stories By PR Newswire

Copyright © 2007 PR Newswire. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of PRNewswire content is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of PRNewswire. PRNewswire shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.

Latest Stories
"Storpool does only block-level storage so we do one thing extremely well. The growth in data is what drives the move to software-defined technologies in general and software-defined storage," explained Boyan Ivanov, CEO and co-founder at StorPool, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 16th Cloud Expo, held June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City.
A strange thing is happening along the way to the Internet of Things, namely far too many devices to work with and manage. It has become clear that we'll need much higher efficiency user experiences that can allow us to more easily and scalably work with the thousands of devices that will soon be in each of our lives. Enter the conversational interface revolution, combining bots we can literally talk with, gesture to, and even direct with our thoughts, with embedded artificial intelligence, whic...
ChatOps is an emerging topic that has led to the wide availability of integrations between group chat and various other tools/platforms. Currently, HipChat is an extremely powerful collaboration platform due to the various ChatOps integrations that are available. However, DevOps automation can involve orchestration and complex workflows. In his session at @DevOpsSummit at 20th Cloud Expo, Himanshu Chhetri, CTO at Addteq, will cover practical examples and use cases such as self-provisioning infra...
As DevOps methodologies expand their reach across the enterprise, organizations face the daunting challenge of adapting related cloud strategies to ensure optimal alignment, from managing complexity to ensuring proper governance. How can culture, automation, legacy apps and even budget be reexamined to enable this ongoing shift within the modern software factory? In her Day 2 Keynote at @DevOpsSummit at 21st Cloud Expo, Aruna Ravichandran, VP, DevOps Solutions Marketing, CA Technologies, was jo...
As Marc Andreessen says software is eating the world. Everything is rapidly moving toward being software-defined – from our phones and cars through our washing machines to the datacenter. However, there are larger challenges when implementing software defined on a larger scale - when building software defined infrastructure. In his session at 16th Cloud Expo, Boyan Ivanov, CEO of StorPool, provided some practical insights on what, how and why when implementing "software-defined" in the datacent...
Blockchain. A day doesn’t seem to go by without seeing articles and discussions about the technology. According to PwC executive Seamus Cushley, approximately $1.4B has been invested in blockchain just last year. In Gartner’s recent hype cycle for emerging technologies, blockchain is approaching the peak. It is considered by Gartner as one of the ‘Key platform-enabling technologies to track.’ While there is a lot of ‘hype vs reality’ discussions going on, there is no arguing that blockchain is b...
Blockchain is a shared, secure record of exchange that establishes trust, accountability and transparency across business networks. Supported by the Linux Foundation's open source, open-standards based Hyperledger Project, Blockchain has the potential to improve regulatory compliance, reduce cost as well as advance trade. Are you curious about how Blockchain is built for business? In her session at 21st Cloud Expo, René Bostic, Technical VP of the IBM Cloud Unit in North America, discussed the b...
You know you need the cloud, but you’re hesitant to simply dump everything at Amazon since you know that not all workloads are suitable for cloud. You know that you want the kind of ease of use and scalability that you get with public cloud, but your applications are architected in a way that makes the public cloud a non-starter. You’re looking at private cloud solutions based on hyperconverged infrastructure, but you’re concerned with the limits inherent in those technologies.
Is advanced scheduling in Kubernetes achievable?Yes, however, how do you properly accommodate every real-life scenario that a Kubernetes user might encounter? How do you leverage advanced scheduling techniques to shape and describe each scenario in easy-to-use rules and configurations? In his session at @DevOpsSummit at 21st Cloud Expo, Oleg Chunikhin, CTO at Kublr, answered these questions and demonstrated techniques for implementing advanced scheduling. For example, using spot instances and co...
The use of containers by developers -- and now increasingly IT operators -- has grown from infatuation to deep and abiding love. But as with any long-term affair, the honeymoon soon leads to needing to live well together ... and maybe even getting some relationship help along the way. And so it goes with container orchestration and automation solutions, which are rapidly emerging as the means to maintain the bliss between rapid container adoption and broad container use among multiple cloud host...
The cloud era has reached the stage where it is no longer a question of whether a company should migrate, but when. Enterprises have embraced the outsourcing of where their various applications are stored and who manages them, saving significant investment along the way. Plus, the cloud has become a defining competitive edge. Companies that fail to successfully adapt risk failure. The media, of course, continues to extol the virtues of the cloud, including how easy it is to get there. Migrating...
Imagine if you will, a retail floor so densely packed with sensors that they can pick up the movements of insects scurrying across a store aisle. Or a component of a piece of factory equipment so well-instrumented that its digital twin provides resolution down to the micrometer.
The need for greater agility and scalability necessitated the digital transformation in the form of following equation: monolithic to microservices to serverless architecture (FaaS). To keep up with the cut-throat competition, the organisations need to update their technology stack to make software development their differentiating factor. Thus microservices architecture emerged as a potential method to provide development teams with greater flexibility and other advantages, such as the abili...
In his keynote at 18th Cloud Expo, Andrew Keys, Co-Founder of ConsenSys Enterprise, provided an overview of the evolution of the Internet and the Database and the future of their combination – the Blockchain. Andrew Keys is Co-Founder of ConsenSys Enterprise. He comes to ConsenSys Enterprise with capital markets, technology and entrepreneurial experience. Previously, he worked for UBS investment bank in equities analysis. Later, he was responsible for the creation and distribution of life settle...
Product connectivity goes hand and hand these days with increased use of personal data. New IoT devices are becoming more personalized than ever before. In his session at 22nd Cloud Expo | DXWorld Expo, Nicolas Fierro, CEO of MIMIR Blockchain Solutions, will discuss how in order to protect your data and privacy, IoT applications need to embrace Blockchain technology for a new level of product security never before seen - or needed.