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News Bites: Alum Works with University of Michigan Professor on Curriculum Development Project

Posted July 10, 2014 in AlumniNews BitesIllustration

Alum Lori McElrath-Eslick (’81, Illustration) has illustrated numerous books for children, but recently she had the opportunity to contribute to a series of children’s books that will help shape a unique elementary school curriculum centered on linguistic diversity.

Holly K. Craig, program director of the Michigan Project on Oral Language and professor emerita at The University of Michigan, tapped McElrath-Eslick, children’s author Debbie Taylor, and illustrator Jason Phillips to develop nine storybooks that are aimed at helping children who speak a dialect to shift towards Mainstream Classroom English (MCE), the formal variation of Standard American English that’s associated with educated and professional discourse, while in school.

The books are one component of a curriculum Craig has been developing through research she's compiled with the help of grant funding from the Institute of Education Sciences (IES).

Read more about the books here, and check out this piece on Michigan Radio's State of Opportunity that takes a look at the cirriculum Craig is working to develop.