Education through Language and Writing (Bildung durch Sprache und Schrift, BiSS) is a research and development program, in which groups of child day care centres and schools work together closely in order to exchange their experiences and to implement coordinated language education measures.
In this program, the language education of children and youths will be scientifically assessed together with respective measures introduced by the federal states to promote language, reading skills, and their diagnosis, which will be evaluated and further refined regarding their effectiveness and efficiency. In addition, the program supports the necessary further education and continuing qualification of child care personnel and teachers.
The Mercator-Institute for the Promotion of Language Learning and German as a Second Language together with the research domain Intercultural Learning at the University of Cologne, DIPF | Leibniz Institute for Research and Information in Education and the Humboldt-University in Berlin in cooperation with the Institute for Quality Development in Education (IQB) as responsible consortium take on the scientific organisation and overall coordination of the program.
The tasks of the DIPF within the consortium include consultancy with regard to content in elementary education, setting up an information and communication platform as well as management and further development of toolboxes: therein, information on the diagnostic instruments and supportive measures (tools) used is made available to the participating groups on a central server. The information and communication platform http://biss-sprachbildung.de went online in 2014.
At the Mercator Institute Dr. Christiane Schöneberger is responsible i.a. for the development of courses of blended-learning in order to proof the qualification of participating child care personnel and teachers.