Welcome to the CLAVES implementation and dissemination site

CLAVES (Comprehension, Linguistic Awareness, and Vocabulary in Spanish and English) is an ongoing research and development project funded by the Institute of Education Sciences. Since 2009, researchers at Boston College and the University of Maryland have collaborated with schools and school districts in Massachusetts and Maryland to study language-based predictors of reading among multilingual children who speak English, Spanish, Portuguese, and a host of other languages at home and at school.

From 2009 – 2013, we examined how elements of language proficiency (specifically vocabulary, syntax, and morphology) predicted reading comprehension in grades 2 – 5, and how teaching in a linguistically-conscious manner affected student language and reading outcomes. Since 2014, we have been applying those findings to the development and field testing of a supplementary curriculum for emergent bilingual learners that leverages language- and discussion-based instruction in the service of improved reading outcomes for children in 4th and 5th grade. This site provides access for implementing teachers to all units and lesson plans, and also serves to provide readers with broad information about the project, including papers and presentations that represent our productivity over the life of the partnership.

Click here for a look at one of the CLAVES lesson plans

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The research and curriculum described here was funded by a grant from the Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education, to Boston College (No. R305A140114). The opinions expressed are those of the authors and do not represent views of the institute or the U.S. Department of Education.