Published by Brookes, the Early Language and Literacy Classroom Observation (ELLCO) Pre-K and K-3 toolkits are research-based instruments that enable teachers, leaders, and researchers to observe, assess, and enhance literacy instruction. Both toolkits support direct observation of classrooms and enable users to rate the quality of language and literacy instruction. In an era in which accountability is paramount, the ELLCO toolkits provide an effective way for all of those concerned with quality improvement to gauge progress and stay focused on improving literacy instruction. EDC offers customized trainings—for professional developers, curriculum coordinators, literacy coaches, principals, researchers, teachers, and others—in how to use the ELLCO to assess literacy environments and target professional development to enhance literacy outcomes. And, we provide Training of Trainers sessions to certify district leaders and professional developers to train others to validly and reliably use the ELLCO. Praise for and Usage of the ELLCO:
- The National Research Council report Early Childhood Assessment: Why, What, and How calls the ELLCO "...one of the few measures that provides detailed information on literacy instruction...”
- UNICEF features the ELLCO on its website, as a tool to monitor early care and education teaching and learning processes.
- Researchers throughout the U.S. and around draw upon the ELLCO for a diverse range of studies, publishing their findings in journals such as Journal of Research in Early Childhood Education, Literacy Teaching & Learning, SAGE Open, Early Childhood Research & Practice, Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education, Early Childhood Education Journal, and Asia-Pacific Journal of Research in Early Childhood Education.
- The ELLCO is used to study language and literacy environments and instruction in a wide range of early childhood education initiatives, including: (1) A recent randomized controlled trial of the Children's Literacy Initiative (CLI); (2) an evaluation of Scholastic's Big Day for Pre-K Program; (3) Numerous State Department of Education prekindergarten and early childhood education initiatives.
- The ELLCO is spotlighted in many recent books on effective literacy instruction. A few examples include: (1) Promoting Early Reading: Research, Resources, and Best Practices; (2) Evaluating and Supporting Early Childhood Teachers; (3) Contemporary Perspectives on Language and Cultural Diversity in Early Childhood Education; (4) Handbook of Classroom Management: Research, Practice, and Contemporary Issues; and (5) The Early Childhood Education Professional Development Grant: Research and Practice.
- The U.S. Department of Education adopted the ELLCO as a tool for its Early Reading First (ERF) program grantees. All ERF grantees worked to improve language and literacy outcomes for children from high-need communities whose families had low incomes. Over 31 states used the ELLCO to evaluate their classroom environments, including: Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin.