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Project LEE

Project Lectura para Excelencia y Éxito (Project LEE) is a model demonstration project at Portland State University, sponsored by the Office of Special Education Programs in the U.S. Department of Education. The goal of Project LEE is to improve literacy and language outcomes for English learners (ELs) in grades 3-5 with or at-risk for being identified with a disability. Within this context, we intend to support schools to use a framework, PLUSS (Sanford, Brown & Turner, 2012), to adapt existing evidence-based interventions for the unique linguistic and cultural needs of ELs. The PLUSS Model provides a repeatable model of literacy instruction and intervention through embedding culturally and linguistically appropriate instruction into existing multi-tiered systems of support.

PLUSS stands for:

P: Preteaching language and vocabulary and priming background knowledge

L: Language use and modeling

U: Using visuals and graphic organizers

S: Systematic and explicit instruction

S: Strategic use of native language and culture



This project is one of three model demonstration projects that study tiered approaches for improving the outcomes of English learners.

This project is supported by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (Award Number H326M160008). Opinions expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the position of the U.S. Department of Education.

Sanford, A., Brown, J.E., & Turner, M. (2012).  Enhancing instruction for
English learners in RTI systems:  The PLUSS Model.  Multiple Voices for
Ethnically Diverse Exceptional Learners, 13(1), 56-79.

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