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October 20, 2010


Meet CAL's New President

CAL's new president: Dr. Terrence G. Wiley

Dr. Terrence G. Wiley, CAL's new president, took office on October 1, 2010. An internationally recognized researcher and sought-after scholar in the field of applied linguistics, Dr. Wiley brings to CAL a strong professional academic background along with a proven management style that empowers and motivates.

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Adult ESL Education

Resources for Practitioners Working With Adults Learning English
CAL has been a leader in the education of adult English language learners for over 30 years. Our website provides a variety of relevant resources for working with these learners, including free summaries of evidence-based information to help instructors and program administrators facilitate English language acquisition for adult learners. Our experienced staff know the challenges faced by adult ESL teachers and program administrators, and we offer a range of professional development and technical assistance services that focus on improving educational opportunities for and the success of adult English language learners. We invite you to contact us to learn more about how CAL can work with you to meet the needs of your program.

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Connecting Diverse Cultures Publication

Understanding 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 DVD, which includes the videos A New Day and Be Who You Are. This guide incorporates segments of the videos into a selection of engaging activities designed to help increase understanding of and respect for other cultures and beliefs. 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 about the guide and videos.

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English Literacy Instruction Webinar

woman at computerEffective English Literacy Instruction for English Learners
SchoolsMovingUp Webinar
October 27, 2010 1:30 – 3:00 pm

Diane August, a senior research scientist at CAL, and Timothy Shanahan, a professor of urban education at the University of Illinois, Chicago, will lead an upcoming webinar in the SchoolsMovingUp series hosted by WestEd. They will focus on approaches to literacy instruction for English learners from their chapter in Improving Education for English Learners: Research-Based Approaches published this year by the California Department of Education. Dr. August and Dr. Shanahan are also the editors of Developing Literacy in Second-Language Learners: Report of the National Literacy Panel on Language-Minority Children and Youth.

Visit the SchoolsMovingUp website for more information and to register for this informative webinar.

Learn more about Improving Education for English Learners: Research-Based Approaches.

Learn more about Developing Reading and Writing in Second-Language Learners.

Professional Development

Publication: Direct Strategies Institutes on Teaching Reading to English Language Learners Training of Trainers Institutes in Washington, DC:
Teaching Reading to English Language Learners

December 6 – 8, 2010
Based on the What's Different About Teaching Reading to Students Learning English? curriculum, training of trainers institutes are designed for trainers who plan to use the curriculum to provide professional development for educators who teach reading in classes with English language learners. Learn more and register.


Publication: Literacy and Language Diversity in the United States, 2nd Edition Cover

iteracy and Language Diversity in the United States, 2nd Edition
This updated edition looks at differences between the literacy performance and educational achievement of language minority students and native speakers of English in the United States, and at the social and educational policy debates that surround literacy in the 21st century. Learn more.


Publication: Developing Reading and Writing in Second Language Learners

Developing Reading and Writing in Second Language Learners: Lessons from the Report of the National Literacy Panel on Language-Minority Children and Youth
This book was created as a summary of the full report of the National Literacy Panel, Developing Literacy in Second-Language Learners. In this more accessible version, chapters concisely review the state of knowledge on the development of literacy in language-minority children and youth in relation to specific themes such as development of literacy in second language learners and instruction and professional development. Learn more.

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