Enhanced Language and Literacy Success (ELL Success)
Enhanced Language and Literacy Success (ELL Success) is a collaboration among the Department of Teaching and Learning at Vanderbilt's Peabody College, the Center for Evaluation Research and Methodology at the Vanderbilt Institute for Public Policy Studies, the Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools (MNPS), the YMCA of Middle Tennessee, and the Nashville Public Library. ELL Success is designed to ensure that all children who enter preschool have the language, conceptual knowledge and emergent literacy skills required for long-term literacy success. Based in 7 schools, many of which serve significant numbers of ELL children, ELL Success will build on Reading First successes and provide a model for ways to enhance the quality of preschool classrooms and better integrate them into the school system.
Opening the World of Learning (OWL), will provide the foundation for the project, with methods for encouraging and teaching emergent writing augmenting OWL. Efforts to ensure high quality instruction will include professional development delivered in large and small groups and coaching. Children's learning and instructional quality will be monitored and improvement efforts guided by findings. Classroom experiences will be designed to intentionally build children's language and literacy skills in English as the program is designed to ensure success of children from all language backgrounds while also celebrating the fact the some children know more than one language. Classrooms will foster the learning of English while they also provide families books and strategies that help them support their children's first languages and use those language skills as a resource for learning English in school. Library programs will be designed to help foster home literacy and a summer program operated by the YMCA will be developed to prevent summer learning loss during the year prior to when children enter kindergarten.