June 2015: 
DLLP Team completes final wave of data collection

The fourth and final wave of data collection for the DLLP project has been completed! Despina Pitsoulakis, Amy Woodbridge, Karla Rivera-Torres, Anne Blackstock-Bernstein, and Sandy Chang collected oral and written explanations from approximately 75 students. We thank the students, teachers, and members of the CONNECT research office at the UCLA Lab School for their assistance in making data collection a success!



January 2015: 
DLLP Team to Present at 2015 AERA Annual Meeting

Alison Bailey, Anne Blackstock-Bernstein, Despina Pitsoulakis, and Eve Ryan will present the paper, “Elementary Students Justifying Explanations and Reasoning with Evidence in Academic Tasks and Non-academic Routines” at this year’s meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) in Chicago, IL. The paper will be presented as part of a symposium on “Supporting Students’ Evidence-Based Reasoning Across Content Areas and Grade Levels.” Sandy Chang is co-author.


The presentation is scheduled for April 20, 2015 at 10:35am-12:05pm.



January 2015: 
DLLP Team to Present at 2015 AAAL Annual Conference

Alison Bailey and Anne Blackstock-Bernstein will present “Examining Mathematical Strategies and Explanations of English Learner and English Proficient Students” at this year’s meeting of the American Association of Applied Linguistics (AAAL) in Toronto, Canada. Their presentation is part of a roundtable session on “Understanding and Supporting Meaning-making Discourse in Mathematics Education.”



The presentation is scheduled for March 24, 2015 at 8:00-9:40am.



October 15-16, 2014:
WIDA hosts UCLA DLLP Project team in Madison, WI

WIDA hosted members of the UCLA DLLP team for two days of productive discussion about how to use the DLLP in classrooms and how to disseminate this information to teachers through professional development. Alison Bailey, Margaret Heritage, and Sandy Chang from UCLA shared the DLLP findings with folks from WIDA, including a team of professional development facilitators.



May 28-30, 2014:
UCLA DLLP Project hosts WIDA in Los Angeles, CA

The DLLP team hosted Tim Boals, Mariana Castro, Troy Dassler, Margo Gottlieb, Leslie Grimm, Christy Revels, and Ruslana Westerlund from WIDA for a three-day meeting about the creation of professional development materials surrounding the DLLP.






April 2014:
DLLP Team Presented at 2014 AERA Annual Meeting

DLLP team members presented during a symposium titled “Empirically-based Language Learning Progressions and their Implications for Instruction, Assessment and Policy” at this year’s meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) in Philadelphia, PA. Distinguished discussant was Kenji Hakuta.


Alison Bailey, Anne Blackstock-Bernstein, and Sandy Chang presented results from longitudinal data analysis for the DLLP development as well as approaches to validating the progression with teachers. Diane August from the American Institutes for Research (AIR), Laura Wright and Dorry Kenyon from the Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL), and Robert Linquanti from WestEd discussed implications of the progressions for instruction, assessment and educational policy for ELs, in particular.


The symposium took place on April 7, 2014 at 12:25-1:55pm.



March 2014:
DLLP Team Presented at 2014 AAAL Annual Conference

Anne Blackstock-Bernstein and Alison Bailey presented at this year’s meeting of the American Association of Applied Linguistics (AAAL) in Portland, OR.


Alison Bailey presented “The Role of Language Learning Progressions in Improved Instruction and Assessment of English Learners” on March 25, 2014 at 8:00-9:40am. Margaret Heritage was co-author.


Anne Blackstock-Bernstein presented “At the Intersection of Math and Language: Examining Elementary-age Children’s Oral and Written Language Use in Mathematical Explanations” on March 25, 2014 at 9:55-10:55am. Alison Bailey was co-author.



November 5-6, 2013:
UCLA DLLP Project hosts WIDA in Los Angeles, CA

The DLLP team hosted Tim Boals, Mariana Castro, Troy Dassler, Margo Gottlieb, and Ruslana Westerlund from WIDA for a two-day discussion of using the DLLP to inform teacher practice.




June 11, 2013:
2012-2013 Data Collection Completed!

The third wave of data collection for the DLLP project has been completed! Kimberly Reynolds Kelly, Anne Blackstock-Bernstein (graduate student researcher), Liliyan Avansian (undergraduate research assistant), Alison Bailey, and Barbara Jones collected oral and written explanations from approximately 270 students in Kindergarten through 6th grade from five public elementary schools across Los Angeles.

We thank ALL students, teachers, administrators, and members of the CONNECT research office at the UCLA Lab School for their assistance in making the data collection a success! Special thanks to Yu-Ree Cho (graduate student researcher) for her data management assistance!




April 2013:
DLLP Team to Present at 2013 AERA Annual Meeting

Alison Bailey, Margaret Heritage, Kimberly Reynolds Kelly, Barbara Jones, and Ali Abedi will present the symposium “Developing and Using Language Learning Progressions for Improved Instruction and Assessment of English Language Learners” at this year’s meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) in San Francisco, CA. Distinguished discussants are Claude Goldenberg and Judit Moschkovich.


The symposium will discuss the project effort to create and use Dynamic Language Learning Progressions (DLLPs). The papers to be presented describe the theoretical framework for DLLPs, the methodological approaches to collecting and analyzing oral and written student language samples to build the progressions, and the use of language learning progressions for instructional and assessment purposes. DLLPs have significant potential to support both high-quality instruction and formative and summative assessment, particularly for long-term English language learner students who are at serious risk for low academic achievement.


The symposium is scheduled for May 1st, 2013 at 10:35am – 12:05pm.




March 2013:
DLLP Team to Present at SRCD 2013 Biennial Conference

Kimberly Reynolds Kelly and Alison Bailey will present a study comparing the oral and written language productions of children at the upcoming Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) Biennial Conference in Seattle, WA. Co-authors are Anne Blackstock-Bernstein and Margaret Heritage.


This study compares student oral and written language productions in terms of linguistic features that are informal, or speech-like, and those that are more formal, indicating an academic register. The study also examines trends cross-sectionally at kindergarten, 1st, 3rd and 5th grades. Specifically, the study investigates 1) whether children’s writing contains more speech-like features in early elementary grades, transitioning to a more formal written academic language register by 5th grade; or, alternatively, whether there is evidence that children adopt a written academic language register from the very earliest stages of primary schooling, and 2) whether children’s development of writing in an academic language register is related to children’s development of an oral academic language register.


The presentation is scheduled for April 19, 2013 from 10:20am to 11:20am.




March 1, 2013:
Massive Data Collection Effort Completed!

Dr. Reynolds Kelly is pleased to announce that the second wave of data collection for the DLLP project has been completed! With the assistance of Anne Blackstock-Bernstein (graduate student researcher), Liliyan Avansian (undergraduate research assistant), and Katelyn Lee, oral and written explanations were collected for approximately 400 students in Kindergarten through 6th grade from five public elementary schools across Los Angeles. Additionally, classroom observations were conducted, and student background data and classroom artifacts were collected.

We thank the students, teachers, administrators, and members of the CONNECT research office at the UCLA Lab School for their assistance in making the data collection a success!!!



June 15, 2012:
Pilot data on DLLPs for Explanation are in!

Dr. Reynolds Kelly is pleased to announce that the initial pilot data collection for the DLLP project has been completed! With the assistance of Liliyan Avansian, undergraduate research assistant, and Barbara Jones, oral and written explanations were collected for 107 students in Kindergarten, 1st grade, 3rd grade, and 5th grade. Additionally, classroom observations were conducted, and student background data and authentic samples of class work were collected. During the summer, the DLLP team will begin to analyze the data and to build the dynamic language learning progressions for explanation.

We thank the students, teachers, administrators, and members of the CONNECT research office at the UCLA Lab School for their assistance in making the DLLP pilot data collection a success!!!



May 23-24, 2012:
UCLA DLLP Project hosts WIDA and CAL members of ASSETS team

The DLLP team hosted members of the ASSETS Consortium at UCLA for two days of stimulating discussion on learning progressions, ELP standards, and summative, interim, and formative assessments. Tim Boals, Elizabeth Cranley, Margo Gottlieb, Mariana Castro, and Gary Cook from WIDA were in attendance, as well as David MacGregor from the Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL). Dorry Kenyon from CAL joined in by Skype.

On the first day of the meeting Eva Baker, the Director of CRESST, formally welcomed the guests from WIDA and CAL. Highlights from Day 1 included:

• A presentation of the conceptual underpinnings of the DLLP model
• An update on the ongoing DLLP pilot data collection
• A preview of a multifunctional data tool under development at CRESST
• A visit to the UCLA Lab School with the Principal Norma Silva
• Generating ideas for the interim assessment framework
• Initiating a common glossary for uniformity of terminology across the ASSETS team


On Day 2, the DLLP team presented their proposed plan to conduct a year-long efficacy study of the dynamic language learning progressions for explanation, and the group discussed how the dynamic language learning progressions could be utilized in teacher professional development.


The DLLP team thanks our partners at WIDA and CAL for a productive and thought-provoking meeting as well as great food and camaraderie!