Middle School EL Project

School districts have an opportunity to partner with Oregon Research Institute (ORI) to learn more about what middle school teachers are doing to teach English learners (EL) in the 6th and 7th grades how to speak English, and to find out what’s working for their students, within the context of an evaluation of Direct Instruction Spoken English (DISE).

boy and teacherThis study is being conducted by Barbara Gunn, Ph.D. and Erin Chaparro Ph.D. at Oregon Research Institute, and is funded by the United States Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences (IES) Grant #R305A150325.

In this study we will invite middle schools to partner with us for two years. We will randomly assign the English language development teacher at each school to use the DISE curriculum or to provide their current EL instruction.


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