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. (2018, 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. *Barton, J., Irby, B.J., Tong, F., Torres, M., & Sandlin, J. (2018). Secondary student achievement, particularly in science, related to school size, student socio- economic status, per pupil expenditures, student mobility rate, and percentage of non-white students: a modified best-evidence synthesis. International Journal of Research Studies in Education, 7(3), 1-17. doi: 10.5861/ijrse. 2017.1775 *

3. Tong, F. & *Tang, S. (2017). 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 (pp. 128-144). Routledge *

4. Irby, B. J., Lara-Alecio, R., Tong, F., & *Guerrero, C. (2017). Making spaces for learning with maker spaces. [in Chinese]. Journal of World Education (Chinese Ministry of Education), 18, 6-9. *

5. Irby, B., J., Boswell, J., *Abdelrahman, N., Lara-Alecio, R., & Tong, F. (2017). New Horizons for Mentoring Research: Exploring the Present and Past to Frame the Future. In D. A. Clutterbuck, F. K. Kochan, L.G. Lunsford, N. Dominguez & J. Haddock-Millar. The SAGE Handbook of Mentoring. SAGE Publications, London. *

6. *Garza, T., *Huerta, M., Lara-Alecio, R., Irby, B. J., & Tong, F. (2017). Pedagogical differences during a science- and literacy-integrated intervention for English language learners. The Journal of Educational Research. [2015 impact factor: 1.218] *

7. Irby, B. J., *Sutton-Jones, K., Lara-Alecio, R., & Tong, F. (2017). 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), 33-47 *

8. *Garza, T., *Huerta, M., *Spies, T. G., Lara-Alecio, R., Irby, B. J., & Tong, F. (2017). Science classroom interactions and academic language use with English language learners. International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education. [2015 impact factor: 1.104] *

9. *Spies, T. G., Lara-Alecio, R., Tong. F., & Irby. B. J., , *Garza, T., & *Huerta, M. (2017). The effects of developing language and literacy on Spanish reading comprehension. The Journal of Educational Research. [2015 impact factor: 1.218]

10. Irby, B. J., Tong, F., & Lara-Alecio, R. (2017). The many faces of entrepreneurship [in Chinese]. Journal of World Education (Chinese Ministry of Education), 17, 18-21.

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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)

2017–2018 Online Bilingual Education Certification Preparation Course Trainings Grant. (Co-PI)
Texas Education Agency (State)
2017/10/01 - 2018/09/30
Total Funding: 449,825.

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.

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.

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.

Massive Open Online Professional Informal Individual Learning (MOOPIL) for Bilingual and ESL Teachers, Paraprofessionals, Administrators, and Families. (Co-PI)
US Department of Education (Federal)
2017/01/01 - 2022/08/31
Total Funding: 2,687,275.

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 - 2018/08/31
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 (2015 - ). Dual language research and practice journal

Editorial Board Member (2012 - ). International Multilingual Research Journal

Editorial Board Member (2009 - ). Journal of Bilingual Education Research and Instruction


(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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