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March 10, 2011


Special Spring Conference Offer

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Save 10% on select titles.
Offer available from 3.15.11 to 4.15.11.

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Conferences Update

Learn more about CALís presentations and exhibit plans at upcoming spring conferences.

Adult ESL Resources

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CAL provides evidence-based resources and practical tools for working with the growing population of adult English language learners throughout the United States. Our new website provides information about the many adult ESL resources available from CAL. We encourage you to bookmark it and visit often to download free online resources and to learn about our professional development and technical assistance services.


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Professional Development

Teacher and StudentProfessional Development Solutions Using the SIOP Model
CAL collaborates with schools, states, and districts to design and conduct SIOP professional development programs that will meet their particular needs. Informed by CAL's ongoing research, our experienced SIOP team can provide a range of services, including SIOP workshops, coaching, site visits, and technical assistance.

Visit our website to learn more.

Publication: What's Different About Teaching Reading to Students Learning English? 2011 Institute Dates Announced
Institutes on Teaching Reading to English Language Learners
Featuring What's Different About Teaching Reading to Students Learning English?

To meet the growing demand from K–8 educators for training materials on teaching reading to English language learners, CAL continues to offer its successful institutes in Washington, DC, in 2011. Diane August, noted CAL researcher and scholar, will provide an introduction about reading and English language learners at each Training of Trainers institute.

Training of Trainers Institutes

June 6 – 8, 2011
July 11 – 13, 2011

Direct Strategies Institutes

June 22 – 24, 2011
July 19 – 21, 2011

Visit our website to learn more and register.


CREATE LogoMark Your Calendars for the 2011 CREATE Conference
Educating Middle School English Language Learners for College and Career Readiness
November 3 – 4, 2011
Austin, TX

Group of Young StudentsThe 2011 CREATE capstone conference will highlight current research on methods for building literacy skills and oral language development for English language learners across the content areas. CREATE researchers will describe their work on a school-wide intervention targeting seventh-grade English language learners in science, social studies, English language arts, and math. Learn more.

Publications of Interest

Publications: Understanding Cultural Diversity Through the Power of VideoUnderstanding Cultural Diversity Through the Power of Video
Connecting Diverse Cultures, CAL’s new facilitator’s guide, serves as a companion to our refugee families and youth videos. This guide has been developed to assist teachers and facilitators in enhancing tolerance and multiculturalism in K–12 classrooms and in adult ESL classes

Learn more and view a video clip.

Dialect Resources - Talking NC
The North Carolina Language and Life Project has developed a series of documentaries and related publications on language varieties found in North Carolina and the American South, including Outer Banks English, Appalachian English, Lumbee English, and Hispanic English. Learn more.

Publication: Improving Education for English Language Learners: Research-Based Approaches Improving Education for English Language Learners: Research-Based Approaches

This publication from the California Department of Education addresses critical questions for educators about optimizing English language and literacy development and content instruction. Learn more.

CAL Digests Logo New CAL Digests Available Online

Does the United States Need a Language Policy?
Bernard Spolsky, CAL’s 2010 Ferguson Fellow, discusses issues related to language policy—past, present, and future—in the United States.

Changing Misconceptions About Dialect Diversity: The Role of Public Education
Noted language scholar Walt Wolfram discusses the need to provide public education about language diversity and describes a variety of venues and programs for doing so.

Read the digests online or download the PDFs.

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