Project ELITE2 is a model demonstration project sponsored by the Office of Special Education Programs in the U.S. Department of Education. Our project operates within the Language for Learning Institute of The Meadows Center for Preventing Educational Risk at The University of Texas at Austin.
The goal of the Project ELITE2 is to develop, implement, and evaluate a multitiered instructional model for English learners in the elementary grades that focuses on language and literacy development. We are one of three model demonstration sites collaborating to optimize educational outcomes for English learners, specifically those with or at risk for having a learning disability.
Project ELITE2 is nearing the end of the model demonstration funding for students in kindergarten to grade 3. Through a newly funded cooperative agreement, again sponsored by the Office of Special Education Programs, we will extend our work to English learners in grades 3 to 5.
The goal of model demonstration projects is to bridge educational research and practice to improve outcomes for students. Project ELITE2 has and will continue to collaborate with Del Valle Independent School District in Central Texas to identify and implement the most effective practices for improving academic outcomes for English learners. This researcher-practitioner collaboration focuses on gaining knowledge about the design, development, and implementation of an evidence-based instructional model for English learners in real-world educational contexts.