ERIC Number: ED397079
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996
Reference Count: 0
Title VII Special Alternative Grant BRIDGES: Collaborative Teaching in Bilingual and ESL Project Evaluation 1994-1995.
This document presents evaluation results for Cicero Public School District 99 for the Illinois Title VII Special Alternative Program Grant for the 1994-1995 school year. This was the first year of funding of the special alternative grant and the BRIDGES program, which provided collaborative teams of bilingual and English-as-a-second-language (ESL) teachers to develop means to support each other and their students and the parents of their students through training, collaboration, and development of materials and resources. One of the main purposes of the program was to develop the student's literacy skills in English, mathematics, and science. The evaluation demonstrated that the project was successful in meeting its major goal of developing collaborative teams of bilingual and ESL teachers. The timing of the grant and report deadlines did not allow for collection of data to indicate that literacy skills, science skills, and mathematics skills increased among students whose teachers engaged in the collaboration, but ongoing evaluation will address these concerns. Data collected so far indicate that teachers were using new strategies, developing new materials, and receiving training. Data also established that parents received training and resources. BRIDGES worked with 40 elementary school teachers in 9 schools, each of whom had about 30 students. Recommendations for program improvement are made on the assumption that the school district will apply for future funding and will attempt to document student outcomes. (SLD)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Bilingual Education, Cooperation, Elementary Education, Elementary School Students, Elementary School Teachers, English (Second Language), Federal Aid, Grants, Literacy, Mathematics, Parent Participation, Professional Development, Program Evaluation, Sciences, Teaching Methods
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Cicero Board of Education, IL.
Identifiers: Cicero School District 99 IL; Elementary Secondary Education Act Title VII