Associate Director of CRDLLA, Educational Psychology
Office#: 107I Harrington Office Building
Mail Stop: 4225
Office Phone: (979) 845-7979
Other Title: Division Chair of BIED
Directory Title: Associate Director of CRDLLA
Primary Emphasis Area: Bilingual Education
Vita: View Document
Office Hours
Monday     2-4 pm or by appointment
Research Interests
Assessment and testing
Program evaluation for language minority students
Quantitative methodology in Bilingual/ESL education
Second language acquisition
Publications (journal articles, books, book chapters)*

1. *Druery, D., Irby, B. J., Lara-Alecio, R., Tong, F., & Guerrero, C. (2017, in press). Academic Oral and Written Language (AOWLS): A Curriculum Component of the English Language and Literacy Acquisition-Validation (ELLA-V; i3 Grant). In P. Cook (Ed.). Educational trends. Newcastle upon Tyne, England: Cambridge Press * (In Press)

2. Tong, F. & *Tang, S. (in press, 2016). English-medium instruction in Chinese university science classroom: An observation study. In Q. Dixon, J. Zhao, and Y. Sun (Eds.), English-medium instruction in Chinese Universities. Routledge. * (In Press)

3. Tong, F., Irby, B. J., Lara-Alecio, R., & *Guerrero, C. (in press, 2015). Invited Chapter. How professional learning can shape teachers[48]19 pedagogical delivery of science and language teaching in middle school classroom for English language learners. In C. Buxton (Ed.) Teaching science to English learners: Research to practice. Springer. * (In Press)

4. Lara-Alecio, R., Koch, J., Irby, B. J., & Tong, F. (in press, 2015). Invited Chapter. How to measure big ideas in science for improving English language learners[48]19 conceptual understanding. In C. Buxton (Ed.) Teaching science to English learners: Research to practice. Springer (In Press)

5. Irby, B. J., Lara-Alecio, R., Tong, F., & *Phuong, To Tam. (In press, 2015). Invited Chapter. The use of research-based ESL strategies with lower grade middle school English language learners in the science classroom. In C. Buxton (Ed.) Teaching science to English learners: Research to practice. Springer * (In Press)

6. *Huerta, M., *Tong, F., Irby, B. J., & Lara-Alecio, R. (2016, in press). Measuring and comparing academic language development and conceptual understanding via science notebooks. Journal of Educational Research. doi: 10.1080/00220671.2014.992582 [2013 5-year impact factor: 1.282] * (In Press)

7. Irby, B. J., *Sutton-Jones, K., Lara-Alecio, R., & Tong, F. (in press). From MOOCs to MOOPILs: Pushing the boundaries of virtual professional development and learning for teachers. International Journal of Information Communication Technologies and Human Development, 9(1) * (In Press)

8. *Yang, P., *Tong, F., Irby, B., Lara-Alecio, R., Ramos, N., & *Walichowski, M. (2016, in press). The effect of storytelling and retelling on oral performance of elementary students in English as a foreign language (EFL) program: An exploratory study in Mainland China and Taiwan. Asian Journal of Education and Training. * (In Press)

9. *Spies, T., Tong, F., Lara-Alecio, R., & Irby, B. J. (in press, 2015). The influence of developing oral language on Reading comprehension of English language learners. International Journal of Current Research, 7(10) * (In Press)

10. Irby, B. J., Boswell, J., *Abdelrahman, N., Lara-Alecio, R., &, Tong, F. (2016). New horizons for mentoring research: Exploring the past to frame the future. In B. G. Guzman-Johannessen, (Ed.), Global Co-mentoring Networks in Higher Education (pp. 27-54). New York, NY: Springer

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* Publication was joint-authored with students
Diss Publication was from a dissertation
ROS Publication was from a record of study

College of Education and Human Development Grants and Contracts (Current)

Massive Open Online Professional Informal Individual Learning (MOOPIL) for Bilingual and ESL Teachers, Paraprofessionals, Administrators, and Families. (Co-PI)
US Department of Education (Federal)
2018/01/01 - 2022/12/31
Total Funding: 2,687,275.

Preparing Academic Leaders: Teachers of English Learners Building Instructional Capacity-- Project PAL. (Co-PI)
US Department of Education (Federal)
2017/09/01 - 2022/08/31
Total Funding: 2,567,823.

Accelerated Preparation of Leaders for Underserved Schools (A-PLUS): Building Instructional Capacity to Impact Diverse Learners. (Co-I)
US Department of Education (Federal)
2017/09/01 - 2020/08/31
Total Funding: 13,692,601.

Literacy-Infused Science Using Technology Innovation Opportunity (LISTO), a 5-Year Longitudinal Validation Project. (Co-PI)
US Department of Education (Federal)
2017/01/01 - 2021/12/31
Total Funding: 12,000,001.

The Impact of Participating in a Chinese/English Bilingual Course in Media Arts on Chinese College Students' Learning Motivation, Self-Identity, Learning Strategy, and Academic Achievement. (PI)
Shen Zen University (Private)
2016/12/10 - 2017/12/31
Total Funding: 7,377.

Catapult Round 3 - Instructional Coaching & Leadership Endorsement Program (Funded amount $25,000). (Co-PI)
TAMU College of Education & Human Development (State)
2016/12/01 - 2018/05/31
Total Funding: 0.

Empowering Teachers of English Language Learners (ETELL). (Co-PI)
US Department of Education (Federal)
2016/09/01 - 2021/08/31
Total Funding: 2,750,000.

Eco-Resilience NPD program: Synergistically Connecting Multiple Environments for the Success of English Learners. (Co-PI)
US Department of Education (Federal)
2016/09/01 - 2021/08/31
Total Funding: 2,750,000.

Military Child Education Coalition and Education Leadership Research Center. (Co-PI)
The Military Child Education Coalition (Private)
2016/08/01 - 2017/12/31
Total Funding: 6,825.

English Language and Literacy Acquisition Validation Study (ELLA-V). (Co-PI)
US Department of Education (Federal)
2013/01/01 - 2018/08/31
Total Funding: 14,827,438.
Courses Taught
Former Doctoral Students
Amber Penn (Summer, 2010), Ph.D.
Tracy Spies (Spring, 2011), Ph.D.
Margarita Hurta (Spring, 2013), Ph.D.
Marla Rea (Fall, 2013), Ph.D.
Yinan Fan (Summer, 2014), Ph.D.
Eunhee Cho (Fall, 2014), Ph.D.
Yadira Taboada Palacios (Fall, 2015), Ph.D.
David Daniel Jimenez (Spring, 2017), Ph.D.
Jui-Teng Li (Summer, 2017), Ph.D.
Editorial Positions

Editorial Board Member ( - ). Action in Teacher Education

Editorial Board Member (2014 - ). Journal of Bilingual Education Research and Instruction

Editorial Board Member (2013 - ). Bilingual Research Journal

Editorial Board Member (2013 - ). International Multilingual Research Journal

Editorial Board Member (2013 - ). International Qualitative Studies in Education

Co-Editor (2009 - ). International Journal of Organizational Innovation


(2015). 2015 Early Career Award.  Bilingual SIG AERA

(2007-2007). Educational Research Exchange Poster Award.  Dept of EPSY

(2007-2007). Distinguished Research Award Nomination.  College of Education and Human Development

(2007-2007). Dissertation of the Year.  Dept. of Educational Psychology, Texas A&M University

(2007-2009). Fellow.  Mexican American and U.S. Latino Research Center (MALRC), Texas A&M University

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