Author: childrenslearninginstitute

Runners and Readers Unite

To showcase the breadth of UTHealth Houston and the university’s community initiatives, Reach Out and Read Texas, a literacy enrichment program led by the Children’s Learning Institute at McGovern Medical School at UTHealth Houston, is listed as a recipient for donations on the Houston Half Marathon & 10K’s website. This opportunity is part of the UTHealth Houston… Read more »

“Go,” “Going,” “Goed”: Relation Between Verb Tense Errors and Reading Comprehension Skills in English Learners

Published: July 30, 2023 Publication: Communication Disorders Quarterly CLI Author: Keisey Fumero, PhD Abstract: School-aged English Learners (ELs) are faced with the challenging task of acquiring a foreign language while simultaneously reading academically demanding literature. Therefore, the current research aimed to examine the relation between the rate of grammatical tense marking errors made by ELs… Read more »

Does Assessor Masking Affect Kindergartners’ Performance on Oral Language Measures?

A COVID-19 Era Experiment With Children From Diverse Home Language Backgrounds Published: June 30, 2023 Publication: Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools CLI Authors: Sarah Surrain, PhD; Michael P. Mesa, PhD; Mike A. Assel, PhD; and Tricia A. Zucker, PhD Abstract: Purpose: The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has prompted changes to child assessment procedures in… Read more »

Congratulations to Texas School Ready Comprehensive 2023-2025 Lead Agents!

We are excited to announce all the organizations that will deliver Texas School Ready Comprehensive for the 2023-2025 term. Awards were announced on June 2nd, and we want to give a special shoutout to our four new lead agents, Hidalgo County Head Start (McAllen-area), Neighborhood Schools (Houston-area), Houston Area Urban League, and Region 19 ESC… Read more »

Mesa Moves from Fellow to Faculty

Michael P. Mesa, PhD, has transitioned to the role of Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the Children’s Learning Institute after completing his IES-funded postdoctoral fellowship. In his new capacity, he will play a pivotal role in supporting the Texas School Ready program while continuing to make significant contributions to ongoing research projects, including Accelerated Early… Read more »

Paraprofessionals’ use of classroom management in a small-group intervention

Published: May 20, 2023 Publication: Psychology in the Schools CLI Author: Michael P. Mesa, PhD Abstract: Although previous research suggests the use of classroom management strategies can support student engagement and learning, gaps in the literature still exist including the frequency of classroom management strategies in small-group instruction. The purpose of this descriptive study was… Read more »

Hispanics are more likely to have children with autism, according to a study

According to the CDC, Hispanics are 1.6 times more likely to have their children diagnosed with autism and, according to experts, parents can detect it based on the way they communicate and eye contact. In addition, they explain that for this there are behavioral, speech and occupational therapies. “There are children who change the world… Read more »

Understanding kindergarten teacher self-efficacy for providing reading instruction to students with reading difficulties

Published: April 9, 2023 Publication: Teachers and Teaching: Theory and Practice CLI Authors: Michael P. Mesa, PhD and Tricia Zucker, PhD Abstract: Teacher self-efficacy to teach reading is positively associated with teacher effort and persistence as well as student performance. To provide effective reading instruction that meets the needs of students with reading difficulties, theoretical… Read more »

The Perceived Value of Bilingualism Among U.S. Parents

The role of language experience and local multilingualism Published: April 2023 Publication: Translational Issues in Psychological Science CLI Author: Sarah Surrain, PhD Abstract: Theoretical models have posited that social contexts influence parental attitudes, which in turn modulate parental behaviors. The current study asks whether parental attitudes on bilingualism differ by local language context and whether… Read more »