2007 CREATE Conference

Academic Language and Content:
A Focus on English Language Learners in the Middle School

Speaker Biography

shortDEBORAH J. SHORT (Ph. D., George Mason University) is a professional development consultant and a senior research associate at the Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL), a non-profit organization dedicated to language education research, policy, and practice in Washington, DC. She is a co-developer of the research-validated SIOP Model for sheltered instruction and has been a lead investigator for research studies on the effects of sheltered instruction for English language learner achievement and on newcomer programs funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the U.S. Department of Education, among others. She is currently coprincipal investigator on CREATE’s 5-year experimental study examining the impact of the SIOP Model on science achievement and language learning, funded by the U.S. Dept. of Education, Institute for Education Sciences. She recently chaired an expert panel on adolescent ELL literacy for the Carnegie Corporation of New York and coauthored the policy report, Double the Work, on improving the education of this student population. As the director of Academic Language Research & Training, Dr. Short regularly consults with school districts and provides professional development on sheltered instruction and academic literacy to teachers around the U.S. and abroad. She develops curricula and instructional materials for students and has authored or coauthored numerous publications, including three books on the SIOP Model and Hampton-Brown’s high school, middle school, and elementary ESL series: Edge, High Point, and Avenues. Her research articles have appeared in the TESOL Quarterly, Journal of Educational Research, Educational Leadership, Education and Urban Society, Social Education, and Journal of Research in Education. She taught English as a second/foreign language in New York, California, Virginia, and the Democratic Republic of Congo.


Dr. Short presented Academic Uses of English: A Focus on Science at the 2007 CREATE Conference.


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