COLLTS English Kit: Cultivating Oral Language and Literacy Talents in Students

By The American Institutes for Research AIR

Paperback: $650.00

Introducing the COLLTS PreK Curriculum from AIR

Cultivating Oral Language and Literacy Talents in Students (COLLTS) is a research-based early childhood curriculum from The Center for English Learners at the American Institutes for Research (AIR). A major goal of the Center for English Learners at AIR is to create the highest quality PreK curriculum to meet the needs of Dual Language Learners and that all children can benefit from. The COLLTS program is distributed exclusively by Bebop Books, an imprint of Lee & Low Books.

What skills does the COLLTS curriculum develop?

Through the use of interactive reading with outstanding children’s literature, this program promotes the development of:

  • foundational and pre-reading skills
  • oral language proficiency
  • background and conceptual knowledge

What ages is COLLTS designed for?

The COLLTS program is designed for use in pre-Kindergarten.

What does the COLLTS program consist of?

The COLLTS Bebop program consists of six units, each with five lessons centered around a children’s book. Books must be purchased separately here.

Can COLLTS be integrated into our current program or curriculum?

Yes! COLLTS lessons can easily fit into an ongoing early childhood program. Each teacher-directed component of a COLLTS lesson is 15 minutes long. Ten-minute center activities complement and extend the teacher-directed lessons.

What is included in the COLLTS English Kit?

Purchase of this kit includes:

  • six units in English, with five lessons each
  • teaching guides
  • writing activities
  • picture cards with target vocabulary
  • observational protocol for coaches
  • bilingual family literacy take-home handouts

Check out the materials in this video:

What is not included in the COLLTS English Kit?

This kit does not include English read aloud books, around which lessons are centered. Books must be purchased separately here.

This kit also does not include any materials in Spanish—those may be purchased separately here or together with the English ($100 savings) here.

How can I learn more?

To learn more about the research supporting COLLTS, the authors, and professional developments and trainings, visit our COLLTS page

Read frequently asked questions here

Find an easy-to-share PDF about COLLTS here.

To learn more or receive a sample, fill out our interest form or contact us at

To speak with the authors of the program or schedule professional development for your district and school (offered through the American Institutes for Research), please contact

Note: Units or Titles in the COLLTS program can not be be sold individually. Web discounts do not apply to Bebop Books products. RETURNS: All AIR Bebop Kit sales are made on a NON-RETURNABLE basis.

About the Creators

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About AIR Established in 1946, the American Institutes for Research (AIR) is a nonpartisan, not-for-profit organization that conducts behavioral and social science research and delivers technical assistance both domestically and internationally in the areas of education, health and the workforce. AIR’s work is driven by its mission to generate and use rigorous evidence that contributes to a better, more equitable world. With headquarters in Arlington, Virginia, AIR has offices across the U.S. and abroad. For more information, visit The Center for English Learners at AIR is committed to reducing the achievement gap and improving outcomes for English learners by connecting rigorous research to policy and practice. In addition to professional development related to COLLTS, Center staff conduct research related to teaching and learning; perform policy studies; provide technical assistance to states and districts to enhance English language learning; and support schools in implementing Attaining Core Content for English Language Learners (ACCELL), the AIR research-based approach for supporting teachers with English learners in their classrooms. For more information, visit