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The English Learner Institute for Teaching and Excellence (ELITE) operates within The Meadows Center for Preventing Educational Risk at The University of Texas at Austin. ELITE aims to improve outcomes for English learners (ELs) through a range of research-to-practice initiatives funded by the Office of Special Education Programs, the Institute of Education Sciences, and the Office of English Language Acquisition.

In collaboration with practicing professionals throughout Central Texas, we develop, implement, and refine educational models that address the language and literacy needs of ELs. ELITE’s goal is to promote capacity building among educators through job-embedded professional learning, culturally and linguistically responsive instructional tools and resources, ongoing evaluation of stakeholder needs and outcomes, and educator-driven action planning.