National Professional Development

The Texas Center for Educator Excellence (TxCEE) at the Region 18 Education Service Center is partnering with the American Institutes for Research® (AIR®) to conduct the Collaborative Language Acquisition Strategies for Success (CLASS) project for Emergent Bilinguals (EBs), funded through the U.S. Department of Education’s National Professional Development (NPD) grant program.

What are the benefits of participating?

  • High-quality, research-based professional development (PD) to improve instruction for EBs and assist PK-5 educational personnel working with EBs to meet professional standards
  • Career pathway opportunities for teacher leaders to facilitate learning communities and mentor novice teachers while earning a $500 stipend for taking on additional responsibilities
  • Online library of PD content aligned with What Works Clearinghouse standards to provide enrichment and assist in preparing teachers for meeting bilingual/ESL education certification requirements
  • Enhance EB early learning and family engagement to build foundations for academic success

What does participation look like?

  • Planning year to engage stakeholders in creating and refining PD aligned with needs (2022-23 SY)
  • Ongoing data-informed collaborative learning communities (CLC) across 3 tiers (2023-26 SYs)
  • Side-by-side gradual release through a trainer-of-trainer model (2024-26 SYs)

Study Design

Beginning in the 2023-24 school year, AIR will conduct a formal evaluation of the CLASS project to inform project implementation and outcomes, as well as guide possible replication of activities. Data collection efforts include teacher surveys, teacher-leader interviews, and teacher and parent focus groups. 

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