Date

12-2015 12:00 AM

Major

Early Childhood Education

Department

School of Education

College

College of Human Sciences

Project Advisor

Katherine Richardson Bruna

Project Advisor's Department

School of Education

Description

"This exploratory project is undertaken in relation to President Leath’s ISU 4U Promise, a new university-school partnership intended to promote college access for youth historically excluded from higher education. It uses the idea of scholarly engagement, which emphasizes moving theory to practice in collaboration with the communities who have potential to benefit. My work in this project allowed me time in classrooms of the ISU 4U Promise partnering elementary schools, King and Moulton. Drawing on research about engagement and academic success among English Language Learners (ELLs) and working with teachers, I experimented with identified strategies. Over a semester, I spent 5 hours a week engaging with ELLs in small group and individual work. I kept field notes detailing my activity and observations of the strategies’ effectiveness in promoting engagement in literacy acquisition. My insights are summarized as follows: engagement and academic success of ELLs is impacted by 1) family mobility; 2) positive relationships with individual students; and 3) the relevance to the learner of classroom activities. This experience allowed me to comprehend the application of theory to practice, inform the work of ISU education researchers in these schools, and ultimately make me a better teacher of ELLs."

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Dec 1st, 12:00 AM

Exploring Strategy Effectiveness for English Language Learners through Scholarly Engagement

"This exploratory project is undertaken in relation to President Leath’s ISU 4U Promise, a new university-school partnership intended to promote college access for youth historically excluded from higher education. It uses the idea of scholarly engagement, which emphasizes moving theory to practice in collaboration with the communities who have potential to benefit. My work in this project allowed me time in classrooms of the ISU 4U Promise partnering elementary schools, King and Moulton. Drawing on research about engagement and academic success among English Language Learners (ELLs) and working with teachers, I experimented with identified strategies. Over a semester, I spent 5 hours a week engaging with ELLs in small group and individual work. I kept field notes detailing my activity and observations of the strategies’ effectiveness in promoting engagement in literacy acquisition. My insights are summarized as follows: engagement and academic success of ELLs is impacted by 1) family mobility; 2) positive relationships with individual students; and 3) the relevance to the learner of classroom activities. This experience allowed me to comprehend the application of theory to practice, inform the work of ISU education researchers in these schools, and ultimately make me a better teacher of ELLs."