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April 8, 2009

Calling All Newcomer Programs

High School Students

Do you have a specific program for middle or high school newcomers?

CAL is conducting a survey of middle and high school newcomer programs for a new research project. We plan to update our online database of secondary newcomer programs and conduct case studies at exemplary sites.

Complete the survey online.

Researchers Urge Use of Stimulus Funds to Address the Needs of English Language Learners

Girl Reading Book The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act provides an extraordinary opportunity to improve educational outcomes for English language learners (ELLs), a rapidly growing yet underserved population. The Working Group on ELL Policy, a group of researchers with extensive experience in the education of English language learners, has prepared a set of recommendations designed to guide discussion and decision-making on how to use stimulus funds to better serve these learners in schools across the United States.

Read the full report.

Institutes on Teaching Reading to English Language Learners Featuring What's Different About Teaching Reading to Students Learning English?

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In response to growing requests from K-8 educators for training materials on teaching reading to English language learners, CAL is offering three institutes in Washington DC in 2009.

May 18 – 20, 2009
Training of Trainers Institute
June 23 – 25, 2009
Direct Strategies Institute
July 21 – 23, 2009
Direct Strategies Institute

Visit our Web site to learn more and register.

Download Free Reports From the Regional Educational Laboratory Ė Appalachia
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Registering Students From Language Backgrounds Other Than English
This report addresses an ongoing challenge in the tracking of student progress across grades: recording names of students classified as English language Learners.

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Preparing to Serve English Language Learner Students:
School Districts With Emerging English Language Learner Communities

This report examines the research from district and school interviews to outline some of the ways in which districts with emerging communities of English language learners begin to build the capacity to serve their new populations of students.

Learn more about CALís work with REL.

Free Resources Now Available From the CAELA Network
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Framework for Quality Professional Development for Practitioners Working With Adult English Language Learners

The framework provides an evidence-based tool to enhance instruction for adult English language learners. It can be used to plan, implement, and evaluate professional development for practitioners working with adult English language learners.

Download the framework.


New CAELA Network Brief
Man on computerUses of Technology in the Instruction of Adult English Language Learners
This brief discusses three ways of using technology with adults learning English—onsite, blended, and online—and briefly describes examples of specific technologies and programs for this population. The brief concludes by identifying issues to consider when using technology and offering suggestions for further research.

Download the newest CAELA Network brief.

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