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STEPS to Literacy: A Digital Writing Space for English Language Learners receives 3-year DOE Grant

Professors Receive $1.5 Million Award from the Institute for Educational Sciences

Professors Jo Anne Kleifgen and Chuck Kinzer have received a $1.5 million, three-year award from the Institute of Educational Sciences (Department of Education), for their project entitled STEPS to Literacy: A Digital Writing Space for English Language Learners. Both are affiliated with the Center for Multiple Languages and Literacies (Professor Kleifgen is Co-Director of the Center). The project begins September 1, 2009.

STEPS to Literacy will develop a technology-based intervention with a curricular approach to support and increase ELL students’ academic writing attainment in English. This intervention will specifically seek to improve the writing of English Language Learners (ELLs), who are emergent bilinguals, through multimodal, web-based software based on an anchored instruction/situated model that incorporates the best knowledge about teaching writing and the ELL adolescent population.  Read More About STEPS