Project Moving Forward: Close the Word Gap with the Innovative Rule of 3 Rap
Explicit academic vocabulary and language development using the innovative RULE of 3 closes the achievement gap for English learners and socioeconomically disadvantaged learners. The RULE of 3 is the result of 12 years of research which included two U.S. Office grants. The highly-engaging RULE of 3 has students REHEARSE, ANALYZE and PRODUCE interdisciplinary words. The implementation of ANALYZE phonics, reading and writing resulted in early childhood students gaining 2-4 levels on language and literacy measures. 96% of English language learners met or exceeded their annual progress goals, far greater than the state's target of 62 percent. Title I students made double digit gains on High Stakes assessments. The achievement gap was closed from 12.8 to 1.9. The Moreno Valley RULE of 3 program received a Model of Excellence Award in 2017. It will be featured on a PBS Our Kids national series highlighting programs that can be replicated and have evidence of closing the achievement gap.
Jesus M. Holguin is Member of the Governing Board, Moreno Valley Unified School District. He is also Vice-President Advocacy, Riverside County School Boards Association. He is Treasurer, California Latino School Boards Association. He is Past President, California School Boards Association and Vice President, California Association for Bilingual Education, Riverside Chapter.
Debra Johnson has presented on the RULE of 3 at several major state and national conferences including the California Bilingual Education Conference, the National bilingual Educational Conference in Chicago, Title I State conference and the National Title I conference.
Dr. Kedziora, as Superintendent, has implemented the RULE of 3 program in his Title I district for five years. He has experience presenting at many state and national conferences. He has an educational background in professional development and special education.
Dr. Linda Ventriglia-Navarrette, creator of RULE of 3, directs Project Moving Forward at the University of California at Riverside. She has a Ph.D.in curriculum and second language acquisition and a degree in Public Administration from Harvard University. She received a 1.9 million NPD grant in 2012. She has authored several books and curricula.