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July 19, 2012

In Memoriam

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It is with great sadness that CAL marks the passing of our cherished colleague and friend, Dora Johnson, on June 26, 2012. Dora joined CAL in 1964 and was at the heart of many of our activities for 45 years. She will be profoundly missed by all whose lives she touched.

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Professional Development

Spanish Literacy Institute:
Teaching Academic Language, Reading, Writing, and Content Concepts in Grades K-8
Lenguaje académico, lectoescritura, y desarrollo del conocimiento en los grados K-8

August 1-3, 2012
Spanish Institute PhotoJoin CAL at this summer institute designed for educators who provide instruction in Spanish. Featured presenters, Dr. Margarita Calderón, Dr. María N. Trejo, and Ms. Guadalupe Espino, will share research-based strategies and practical tools for teaching academic language and literacy in Spanish. The institute will also address the Common Core State Standards through Spanish instruction. CAL presenters Dr. Julie Sugarman and
Dr. M. Beatriz Arias will provide guidance on developing effective
bilingual programs. Learn more and register.

Watch the CAL Solutions website for details on upcoming institutes in Washington, DC, in the fall.

Math and Science CoverHot Topics in ELL Education: Professional Development Resources
CAL’s new Hot Topics in ELL Education workshops are designed to meet the rising demand for practical, research-based strategies to address critical issues in ELL education. Resources used in our workshops, including authentic classroom videos, are also available for purchase as knowledge-building resources for educators. Learn more.

Using the SIOP Model: Professional Development Services From CAL
CAL collaborates with schools and districts to design and conduct SIOP professional development programs that meet their particular needs. Informed by CAL's ongoing research, our experienced CAL SIOP team can provide a range of services, including SIOP workshops, coaching, site visits, and technical assistance, to create a sustainable SIOP professional development plan. CAL also offers professional development in the SIOP Model for practitioners working with adult English learners. Visit our website to learn more.

Online Resources

CAL Digests logoAssessment Literacy for Language Educators
Margaret Malone, Senior Testing Associate at CAL, discusses four key concepts of assessment, describes free online resources that promote assessment literacy among language educators, and explores how these tools can be useful for all stakeholders. Read the digest.

Multilingual Education Policy and Practice: Lessons From Indigenous Experience
This digest considers several lessons learned from research on and experience with multilingual education policy and practice. Each lesson is illustrated with examples from the author's observations of multilingual education in practice. Read the digest.

Browse CAL's complete digest collection.


Educating Learners CoverEducating Learners in Their Home Languages: Establishing and Maintaining
Successful Programs

This online brochure, available in English, Spanish, and French, captures the essence of the longer report, Expanding Educational Opportunity in Linguistically Diverse Societies. It is intended for policy makers and others interested in establishing and maintaining primary education programs in students' home languages. These brochures are also available for purchase in packets of 10 for ease of use and reference. Learn more.

Computer and GlobeConnect Online Through the CAL Website
The CAL website offers a links section that provides convenient access to online resources connected to our work or to issues related to language and culture. Learn more.


New CAL SIOP Professional Development Manual coverUsing the SIOP Model: Professional Development Manual for Sheltered Instruction – Updated and Expanded Edition
This new edition of CAL’s SIOP professional development manual provides new information and resources not available in previous offerings. The manual provides essential background on each SIOP component, outlines the characteristics of quality professional development on sheltered instruction for teachers, includes updated information on CAL’s ongoing SIOP Model research and features new workshop session activities--including some designed specifically for Two-Way SIOP professional development--and SIOP Model lessons, as well as activities designed to move teachers to higher levels of SIOP Model implementation. The manual also describes a variety of approaches to ongoing SIOP professional development and focuses on the development of effective SIOP lesson plans. This new edition includes a CD of the PowerPoint slides and handouts used in the workshop. Learn more.


The Five-Minute Linguist: Bite-Sized Essays on Language and Languages
In 60 bite-sized chapters, this publication from Equinox Publishing provides authoritative answers to intriguing and frequently asked questions about language. Chapters were contributed by a cross-section of leading language professionals, including CAL's Dora Johnson, who wrote “What does it mean to be bilingual?” Learn more.


From Spanish to English: Reading and Writing for English Language Learners Kindergarten through third gradeFrom Spanish to English: Reading and Writing for English Language Learners Kindergarten Through Third Grade
This book and two companion CDs were developed to help ease the challenge of teaching English language learners in Grades K-3 to read and write in English by providing real-life examples, analyses, and instructional strategies. Learn more.

Conference Updates

CREATE LogoRegister for the 2012 CREATE Conference
English Learners in Content Area Classes: Teaching for Achievement in the Middle Grades
October 18-19, 2012
Orlando, FL

Visit the CREATE website for conference registration information.

Sociolinguistics Symposium 19: Language and the City
August 21-24, 2012
Berlin, Germany

  • Language in Multilingual Cities
    This four-part, full day session organized by the Language Policy Research Network (LPReN) of AILA, features the work of international scholars.
    Discussant: Terrence Wiley

  • Returning to the Linguistic Landscape of Asian Immigrant Communities in the Valley of the Sun: Further Evidence from Multi-modal Representation in Phoenix
    This paper presents new findings from a follow up study to DeKlerk and Wiley’s (2009) multi-modal linguistic landscape analysis of three sub-urban centers of multi-Asian immigrant commercial activity in Phoenix, Arizona, the fifth largest city in the United States.
    Presenter: Terrence Wiley

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