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During the following five years, more than thirty CREDE funded research projects around the country tested the principles, gathered data and examined models using the Five Standards in a wide variety of settings and geographic locations, ages and grade levels, different subject mater focuses and ethnic populations.
Building on the studies on early language acquisition, CREDE researchers conceptualized Standard 2 as a metagoal, providing an overarching structure for all instruction and interactions throughout the day.
CREDE research revealed a variety of ways to facilitate language and literacy learning that are consistent with common early childhood education practices.
CREDE model programs encourage teachers to make a conscious effort to have students understand and use content vocabulary to express their ideas and to connect oral and written language whenever possible (CREDE, 2).
CREDE demonstration programs have also structured the classroom so there are frequent opportunities for students to interact with each other and with the teacher during instructional activities.
CREDE Principle II: Facilitate Learning through Joint Productive Activity among Teacher and Students; and