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January 26, 2012


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Qatar Foundation Announces Dora Johnson Scholarship at ACTFL 2011
A new scholarship program in honor of Dora Johnson, who retired from CAL in 2009 after almost 45 years of service, was announced by the Qatar Foundation at the 2011 ACTFL Annual Convention. A dozen teachers of Arabic were awarded this scholarship, which provided them with a travel allowance so they could attend ACTFL, many for the first time. CAL is pleased to have Dora’s contributions in the field of Arabic language education acknowledged.

Updated and Expanded CAL SIOP Professional Development
Manual Now Available

New CAL SIOP Professional Development Manual coverUsing the SIOP Model: Professional Development Manual for Sheltered Instruction
This new edition of CAL SIOP's professional development manual is designed to assist teacher educators, staff developers, and leaders at the school, district, and state levels as they prepare teachers of English language learners to use the Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol (SIOP) Model or its adapted version, the Two-Way SIOP Model. By incorporating these instructional models in their classroom, teachers can improve the language proficiency and grade-level content knowledge of their linguistically and culturally diverse students. Learn more.


Newcomer Report Now Available

Helping Newcomer Students Succeed in Secondary Schools and Beyond LogoHelping Newcomer Students Succeed in Secondary Schools and Beyond
This report, based on a 3-year national research study funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York, has been written for educators and policy makers to focus attention on newcomer adolescent English language learners at the middle and high school grades and to communicate promising practices for meeting their educational and social needs. Learn more.



Materials From the 2011 CREATE Conference Now Available

CREATE LogoEducating Middle School English Language Learners for College and
Career Readiness

CREATE's capstone conference highlighted current research on methods for building literacy skills and oral language development for English language learners across the content areas. PowerPoint presentations and handouts from the conference are now available. Learn more.

New CREATE Brief Now Available Online

CAL Digests logoThe SIOP Model: A Professional Development Framework for a Comprehensive School-Wide Intervention
This brief first describes individual interventions that CREATE researchers tested in middle school science, social studies, and language arts classrooms with English language learners over the course of the 2005-2009 school years. The brief then explains how the SIOP Model was used as a professional development framework to unite the separate research studies into a school-wide, comprehensive intervention that was implemented in the 2009-2010 and 2010-2011 school years to support English language learners across the core content areas. Read the brief or download the PDF.


Best Plus Update

BEST Plus Test: USB FormatIntroducing the BEST Plus Test: USB Format
CAL is pleased to announce an enhanced delivery vehicle for our oral proficiency assessment for adults learning English–the BEST Plus Test: USB. This new tool has been designed to provide convenient USB access to the test and to enhancements designed to make using the test software even easier. Learn more.

Publications of Interest

Publication: Immersion Education: Practices, Policies, PossibilitiesImmersion Education: Practices, Policies, Possibilities
This publication from Multilingual Matters showcases the practice and promise of immersion education through in-depth investigations of program designs, implementation practices, and policies in one-way, two-way and indigenous programs. Contributors, including CAL senior fellow Donna Christian and CAL trustee Fred Genesee, present new research and reflect on possibilities for strengthening practices and policies in immersion education. Learn more.

Pathways to Multilingualism: Evolving Perspectives on Immersion Education
This publication from Multilingual Matters features a series of articles grounded in research that demonstrate what can be done to make immersion education an effective pathway to multilingualism and academic success. Contributors include CAL senior fellow Donna Christian, CAL trustee Fred Genesee, and CAL consultant Elizabeth Howard. Learn more.

Publication: Guiding Principles for Dual Language Education, 2nd Edition
Guiding Principles for Dual Language Education, 2nd Edition

Grounded in evidence from research and best practices, the guiding principles described in this CAL publication were developed to help dual language programs with planning and ongoing implementation. Learn more.


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