Case Technologies to Enhance Literacy Learning (CTELL)

CTELL is a five-year collaborative research project between four research universities which uses a unique case-study approach to improve pre-service teacher education and early literacy learning. It uses video cases of K-3 classrooms demonstrating research-based principles of effective practice that are delivered over the Internet. Dr. Donald J. Leu. heads the research project as principal investigator here at the University of Connecticut. The project is based on two main assumptions: first, that sufficient research is available about "best practices" to teach reading and writing effectively; and, second, that technology can play a key role in improving reading achievement. This pre-service delivery system and subsequent classroom instruction will be tested through a broad-based research program that assesses effects on teacher candidates as well as on children's literacy achievement, and disseminated through a "Best Practices in Literacy Web Site" and other means.

The CTELL Project challenges educators to explore how to use web-based presentation tools to add value to the instructional potential of case-based anchored instruction. The CTELL Project is currently in its second year of implementation. Years 3 - 5 involve widespread experimental intervention studies with collaborating Southeast Literacy Consortium members (70 researcher/teacher educators at institutions in the southeastern U.S.) at 25-30 sites. For more information, please visit the CTELL Project's Informational Website.

This page last updated January 3, 2002.

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