Research to Policy: Critical Conversations in Language Education


The virtual migration of student learning & interaction from the classroom to the cloud is leaving many behind.

Almost one year since the pandemic began, policymakers now have access to the latest studies, research, and resources on the current status as well as best practices in digital education for our most vulnerable learners.

Throughout 2021, CAL will host live, open discussions with policymakers on the status of Digital Equity in U.S. Education.

Each episode of our 30-minute webinar series, “Research to Policy: Critical Conversations in Language Education,” examines education for multilingual learners and culturally diverse populations through the lens of digital equity. Topics range from student assessment, teacher education, students with disabilities, early childhood education, and more.

Click below to learn more and register for our upcoming conversations: 

Conversation #1: Digital Equity in Education: Whence and Where to? 

Feb 23, 2021 04:00 PM Eastern Time


  • CAL Commentary – Internet Disparity for ELs (Arias, 2020)
  • CSEL Policy Brief –Educating English Learner Students During the Pandemic: Remote & In-person Instruction & Assessment (August, et al, 2021)

Conversation #2: Assessment of English Learners in the New Digital Landscape (click to learn more and register)

Mar 30, 2021 04:00 PM Eastern Time

Conversation #3: Teacher Education in the Post-COVID Era of Digital Learning (click to learn more and register)

Apr 20, 2021 04:00 PM Eastern Time

Stay tuned! More conversations will be announced in late Spring 2021.

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