Members of the National Dual Language Forum (NDLF) consist of a growing cadre of organizations committed to dual language and bilingual education and supporting high-quality effective programs.
Click on the name of each member below to learn more and link to the member organization’s main website.
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American Reading Company
The American Reading Company provides K-12 Literacy Solutions in English and Spanish.
To ensure every student is reading on or above grade level.
Built and run by education activists, American Reading Company is a trusted partner of 5,320 schools and 1,070 districts in 50 states. Our team helps strengthen district and school capacity at every level by placing literacy and agency at the heart of school transformation, through.
- Thematic Inquiry Core Curriculum
- K-12 Reading Instruction & Assessment
- Teacher and Leader Learning
- Expertly Curated Classroom Libraries
As a result, all students read, write, discuss, think, investigate, and solve problems at ever-increasing levels of proficiency. Their academic performance is accelerated and their life prospects are fundamentally improved.
Our strength is in our diversity.
American Reading company is a diverse, mission-driven, woman-owned business based in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania. We practice the same continuous improvement model that we teach schools. ARC delivers what it promises, on time, and beyond our clients' expectations.
Association of Two-Way and Dual Language Education (ATDLE)
The Association of Two-Way & Dual Language Education (ATDLE), a leading national organization, promotes highly effective Two-Way Bilingual Immersion and Dual Language educational programs that further multilingualism, academic success and the development of cross cultural competencies for all students. ATDLE is led by Executive Director, Rosa Molina, who is also a member of the NDLF Advisory Committee.
Societal Vision Statement:
ATDLE believes in the development of schools that create language enclaves to protect and advance the learning of languages in an effort to develop equitable and just communities.
ATDLE holds fast to the belief that a student need not lose a language to learn another and that additive bilingualism benefits all students in the development of their cognitive, academic, linguistic and socio-cultural proficiencies.
BUENO Center for Multicultural Education
The BUENO Center promotes and advocates for equitable education for culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD) learners, families, and the educators that serve them. We believe that equity and social justice advance education and improve lives and communities. To this end, we conduct relevant and timely research focused on bilingual, multicultural, and special education from early childhood through adulthood. We facilitate comprehensive professional learning from GED to Ph.D. as well as professional development opportunities for practitioners and educational leaders.
We envision schools and communities where learners of all languages, races, ethnicities, gender identities, and abilities can reach their full potential. We are committed to building pathways, facilitating asset-based discourses, and advancing innovative teaching methods to ensure equitable access to education. We strive to be the most contemporary, informative, and comprehensive research center for CLD learners, their families, communities, and the educators that serve them.
Visit the BUENO Center website to learn more about
Teaching Emergent Bilingual Students: Flexible Approaches in an Era of New Standards
California Association for Bilingual Education (CABE)
The California Association for Bilingual Education (CABE) is a non-profit organization incorporated in 1976 to promote bilingual education and quality educational experiences for all students in California. CABE's Chief Executive Officer is Jan Gustafson Corea, who is also a member of the NDLF Advisory Committee.
CABE has 5,000 members and a total of over 30 chapters, affiliates, and partnerships with other state and national advocacy organizations, all working to promote equity and student achievement for students with diverse cultural, racial, and linguistic backgrounds. CABE recognizes and honors the fact that we live in a rich multicultural, global society and that respect for diversity makes us a stronger state and nation.
Biliteracy, educational equity, and 21st century success for all.
To support this central vision of biliteracy, educational equity, and 21st century success for all students, we will implement priorities, initiatives, and services targeted to teachers, administrators, parents, and others designed to dramatically increase California's capacity to create culturally diverse and competent 21st century learning environments of high intellectual performance for all English Learners and other language learners and to graduate all English Learners college, career, and 21st century ready and prepared to live their lives to their full potential
CARLA is one of the U.S. Department of Education's Title VI National Language Resource Centers, whose role is to improve the nation's capacity to teach and learn foreign languages. A longstanding initiative at CARLA focuses on advancing research and practice in dual language and immersion education.
CARLA’s mission is to study multilingualism and multiculturalism, to develop knowledge of second language acquisition, and to advance the quality of second language teaching, learning, and assessment by:
- conducting research and action projects
- sharing research-based and other forms of knowledge across disciplines and education systems
- extending, exchanging, and applying this knowledge in the wider society.
Visit the CARLA website to learn more about the following activities related to language immersion education and language education in general:
Subscribe to the electronic or print versions of CARLA’s quarterly newsletter.
Bookmark the CARLA website and visit often for updates.
Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL)
The Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL) is a private, non-profit organization founded in 1959. Headquartered in Washington DC, CAL has earned an international reputation for its contributions to the fields of bilingual and dual language education, English as a second language, world languages education, language policy, assessment, immigrant and refugee integration, literacy, dialect studies, and the education of linguistically and culturally diverse adults and children.
The mission of the Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL) is to promote language learning and cultural understanding by serving as a trusted source for research, services, resources, and policy analysis.
Through its work, CAL seeks solutions to issues involving language and culture as they relate to access and equity in education and society around the globe.
CAL serves as the coordinating organization for activities of the National Dual Language Forum (NDLF) working in collaboration with our board, NDLF Advisory Committee Members, Organizational Members and Individual Members. Joel Gómez serves as the chair of the NDLF Advisory Committee with José Medina serving as Director of the NDLF for the Center for Applied Linguistics. Serving on the NDLF Advisory Committee are M. Beatriz Arias, Donna Christian, and Fred Genesee. Gene García and Guadalupe Valdés also serve as senior advisors for CAL on issues related to dual language education.
Dual Language Education of New Mexico
Dual Language Education of New Mexico (DLeNM) is a grass-roots educational non-profit organization serving the professional and informational needs of New Mexican communities who wish to develop, refine and/or implement dual language education programs.
DLeNM works with lower socio-economic communities in New Mexico, who struggle to close the achievement gap while developing linguistic and socio-cultural capital of their communities. David Rogers is the Executive Director of DLeNM and is a member of the NDLF Advisory Committee.
To develop, support, and advocate for high-quality dual language enriched education in New Mexico.
Desarrollar, apoyar y abogar por una educación de lenguaje dual de la más alta calidad en Nuevo México.
Massachusetts Association of Bilingual Education (MABE)
The Massachusetts Association for Bilingual Education is a professional non-profit organization of individuals whose purpose is to promote bilingualism and multiculturalism as assets that provide cognitive, social, emotional, educational, and employment advantages for all students. The Director of Advocacy and Extension Activities at MABE is Phyllis Hardy, who is also contributing to the upcoming third edition of the Guiding Principles for Dual Language Education.
Vision: Bilingualism and multiculturalism are assets that provide cognitive, social, emotional, educational, and employment advantages for all students.
Mission: Identify, promote and disseminate research-based programs and practices that support bilingualism and multiculturalism for educational success.
Principles: Bilingualism and multiculturalism requires…
- Explicit policy at the district, state, and regional level.
- Systematic and strategic implementation of instructional methods that promote bilingualism and multiculturalism.
- Preparation of all educators to effectively teach the diverse populations of today and tomorrow.
- Collaboration and networking among educators, families, and communities for student success.
- Development of continuous research that builds and expands on the current knowledge base.
The National Dual Language Immersion Research Alliance
The National Dual Language Immersion Research Alliance (Alliance) is a network of K-12 practitioners and education researchers. The mission of the Alliance is to advance quality and build capacity in additive dual language learning programs by identifying core features and variables for quality implementation to prepare students to be bilingual, biliterate, bicultural, and career and college-ready.
The Alliance is positioned to address the research and policy relevant issues that can ensure long-term success for this important intervention strategy.
The Alliance seeks to develop and carry out a rigorous research agenda on topics that matter to all schools involved in, or planning to be involved in, dual language learning. The Alliance will advance equity and excellence in education by providing credible, nonpartisan research and evidence about policies and practices that promote student success.
The Alliance is administratively housed at the American Councils Research Center (ARC) at American Councils for International Education and is led by ARC’s Co-Director Dr. Robert Slater, a highly experienced researcher and project director.
Paridad is an assembled group of practitioners that bring innovation, research-based practices, and expertise to efforts of all types to improve the educational experiences of language learners and their classmates. Paridad provides a broad and deep expanse of services to a wide variety of individuals and groups involved in education.
Guided by assets-based perspective and a constructivist approach to pedagogy, Paridad values and respects diversity in language and culture, as well as point of view and perspective. We believe in clear, two-way, collegial communication, as well as nurtured and productive collaboration.
Reach out to the Paridad team to collaboratively create a professional development offering, technical assistance plan, or a product development process that is tailored to your unique, local needs and goals.
- Professional Learning
- Technical Assistance and Consultation
- Culture and Language Institutes
- Product Development
- Participatory Action Research
Santillana USA, based in Miami, Florida, is one of twenty-two subsidiaries of Grupo Santillana, the largest educational publisher in the Spanish-speaking world. Our offices throughout Europe and Latin America collaborate to offer the very best culture and creativity from the Hispanic world. Also, our international presence has strengthened our expertise in dedication to second language education.
Santillana USA is led by President and CEO, Miguel A. Tapia. Arturo Castillón, National Sales Director, serves on the NDLF Advisory Committee. Santillana USA sponsors the NDLF website in collaboration with the Center for Applied Linguistics.
Santillana USA's mission is to make learning and teaching English and Spanish an experience that is motivating, enriching, and effective for both teachers and students. In a collaborative effort with authors, editors, teachers, and students, Santillana USA creates instructional materials that meet the needs of modern-day students throughout the United States.
TESOL International Association
Advancing Excellence in English Language Teaching
TESOL is an international association of professionals advancing the quality of English language teaching through professional development, research, standards, and advocacy. Dr. Ester de Jong serves as TESOL President 2017-2018 and is a member of the NDLF Advisory Committee.
- Professionalism demonstrated by excellence in standards, research, and practice that improve learning outcomes
- Respect for diversity, multilingualism, multiculturalism, and individuals' language rights
- Integrity guided by ethical and transparent action
- Commitment to life-long learning
To become the trusted global authority for knowledge and expertise in English language teaching.
Learn more about the history of TESOL International Association.
WIDA advances academic language development and academic achievement for children and youth who are culturally and linguistically diverse through high quality standards, assessments, research, and professional learning for educators.
Dr. Timothy Boals serves as the Executive Director of the WIDA Consortium. Dr. Mariana Castro, Director of Standards at WIDA, serves on the NDLF Advisory Committee.
To be the most trusted and valued resource in supporting the education of language learners.
- Innovation: Drawing upon research and practice to create the best resources for children, youth and educators.
- Service: Exceeding expectations with trusted and knowledgeable support of our clients and stakeholders.
- Can Do Philosophy: Recognizing and building upon the assets, contributions, and potential of culturally and linguistically diverse children and youth.
- Collaboration: Facilitating interaction among educators, state and local educational agencies, researchers, policy-makers, and experts worldwide.
- Social Justice: Challenging linguistic discrimination, cultural biases, and racism in education.
Cristina Alfaro, Chair, Dual Language and English Learner Education, San Diego State University and CABE Institutions of Higher Education
Donna Christian, Senior Fellow, Center for Applied Linguistics
Eugene García, Professor Emeritus, Arizona State University
Fred Genesee, Professor Emeritus, McGill University
Elizabeth Howard, Associate Professor, University of Connecticut
Kathryn Lindholm-Leary, Professor Emeritus, San Jose State University
Kim Potowski, Associate Professor, University of Illinois at Chicago