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Language and Literacy Research Center (LLRC)

Project CALI

What is Project CALI?

The purpose of Project CALI is to develop and test a middle school co-teaching and literacy professional development model that is designed to improve collaboration between general (content-area) and special education teachers and, ultimately, enhance reading achievement and content-area knowledge of students with disabilities. Specifically, Project CALI supports teachers’ use of evidence-based strategies that promote adolescent literacy by building students’ background knowledge, delivering explicit vocabulary and comprehension instruction, and providing students with differentiated support. During the current school year (2017-2018; year 3 of the project), we are conducting a randomized controlled trial to test the efficacy of Project CALI professional development developed in years 1 and 2 of the project. 

For more information, visit the Project CALI website

Funder: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences (2015-2018)
Time Frame: Three years
Principal Investigator: Dr. Jade Wexler, Professor of Special Education at the University of Maryland
Principal Investigator: Dr. Devin Kearns, Professor of Special Education at the University of Connecticut
Principal Investigator: Dr. Christopher Lemons, Professor of Special Education at Vanderbilt University 
Project Manager: Erin Clancy, doctoral student in UMD's Special Education Program 
Project Manager: Alexandra Shelton, doctoral student in UMD's Special Education Program