Center for Research & Development in Dual Language & Literacy Acquisition

About the Center for Research & Development in Dual Language & Literacy Acquisition (CRDLLA)



CRDLLA will lead globally via cutting-edge research to promote equitable access to top-tier dual language and biliteracy education.


CRDLLA’s primary mission is to support emergent bilingual students, their teachers, and families through research and services that promote dual language, English as a second or foreign language, and literacy acquisition across content areas.


Conduct research (e.g., innovation and assessment)

Provide professional development opportunities for teachers and administrators serving emergent bilingual students

Provide insightful program evaluation

Develop research-based educational materials and curriculum

AI-powered instructional observations

Provide dual language, English language, and literacy acquisition support and services to teachers, administrators, students, and families

Our History

In August 2013, the Board of Regents approved the creation of the center and its operation as a designated Center within the Texas A&M University System. Today it conducts research and service for state and federal entities in the areas of teacher professional development and English language acquisition for English learners through rigorous science instruction and curriculum. The center also conducts research internationally in non-English speaking countries, such as Costa Rica and China, to promote English language learning.

Our Partners

CRDLLA partners with local, state, national, and international organizations, including school districts across the state, the Texas Education Agency, the U.S. Department of Education, international entities, and businesses in the private sector.

For media and outreach inquiries, please contact Matthew Etchells at or 979-845-3193.