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~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The Eleventh International Literacy and Education Research Network Conference on Learning

The ELL Enterprise Project: Teachers Working in the Online Environment

Dr. Dorothy Valcarcel Craig.

The ESL Enterprise Project is a collaborative project between Middle Tennessee State University, and three local public school systems (LEAs)—Bedford County Schools, Rutherford County Schools, and Warren County Schools. The LEAs represent rural populations located in the middle Tennessee area and which currently serve rapidly growing ESL populations. The partnership project is designed to assist teachers in completing the 18 credit hours needed for state Add-On Endorsement in ELL and to provide ongoing support in ELL Standards-Based Curriculum design, state initiatives in literacy development, and sociocultural assessment procedures for second language populations. Addressing the needs identified by the participating LEAs, the project goals include: a) to meet the needs of ELL populations by incorporating state reading initiatives and standards-based ELL curriculum development, b) to improve and enhance the quality of teachers and student teachers through ongoing professional development institutes and academies, c) to increase the quantity of teachers by offering tuition funds for 18 hours of online graduate credit for the state Add-On Endorsement in ELL, and d) to build a community for collaboration and reflection via the ELL Enterprise Web site for teachers, K-12 ESL students, and student teachers. In addition to stated goals, the project design will offer additional onsite support to address the individualized needs of each LEA. These needs encompass rapidly growing populations of early learners in second language, newly arriving immigrant populations, and linguistic diversity in public school classrooms. Project activities include offering graduate courses for ELL endorsement via a variety of delivery methods—including onsite, online, compressed video, and weekend classes—academic year Curriculum Institutes for teachers, Student Teaching Seminars in ELL instruction, Summer Academies for teachers, K-12 ELL students, and student teachers, and ongoing support to address individualized needs of each participating LEA. Being a novice applicant, the project will support the growing need for ESL teachers that the newly implemented Middle Tennessee State University ELL Add-On Endorsement and Masters’ program addresses. The project is the first of its kind in the middle Tennessee area and does not duplicate any other programs currently being implemented at this time.


Dr. Dorothy Valcarcel Craig  (United States)
Associate Dean for Teacher Education
Associate Dean for Teacher Education College of Education and Behavioral Science
Middle Tennessee State University

Dr. Craig is currently the Associate Dean for Teacher Education at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. She holds a Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction with an Emphasis in Educational Technology from Tennessee State University and has completed post-doctoral studies in the areas of second language acquisition, English as a Second Language, and bilingual studies. Dr. Craig regularly engages in qualitative studies and ethnographic research. Her areas of expertise include curriculum design—both onsite and online, ESL and migrant education, issues related to Hispanic and immigrant education, literacy acquisition, technology utilization, and preservice education. A recipient of federal and state grants that focus on practitioner action research, Dr. Craig frequently trains teachers and professors in the process and implementation of inquiry-based research practices. In addition, Dr. Craig has been involved in several studies that utilized technology in the process of action research in order to improve practice at the elementary, middle school, high school, and higher education level. A former classroom teacher and curriculum writer, she continues to engage in activities to enhance teacher preparation and online learning.

  • Online Learning
  • Literacy
  • Second Language Learning
  • Action Research
Person as Subject
  • Craig, Dorothy Valcarcel

(Virtual Presentation, English)